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Ezekiel Elliott Reminding Everyone Just How Good He Is

Ezekiel Elliott’s performance against the Philadelphia Eagles was a necessary one. The Dallas Cowboys needed their star running back to have a big game and remind everyone exactly why he matters.

In the Cowboys’ 37-17 win over the Eagles, Elliott rushed 19 times for 105 yards. Per Pro Football Focus, Elliott rushed for 93 yards AFTER contact. He averaged 4.89 yards after contact on Sunday against the Eagles. That’s the early part of his career Ezekiel Elliott.

If the Dallas Cowboys are going to make their way into the playoffs by winning the NFC East, they’ll need another big performance from Elliott in the Cowboys matchup with the New York Giants.

As much as we have enjoyed Tony Pollard’s performances at times this season, he’s been inconsistent. There have been big plays, but he hasn’t done enough to prove himself deserving of a 50/50 split on Sundays. Against the Eagles, Pollard carried the ball nine times, picking up 12 yards. One of those carries was a seven-yard run. So, on the other eight carries, Pollard picked up just five yards.

Elliott reminded us why he’s one of the best backs in the NFL despite a down season. As inconsistent as the offensive line has been with backups playing across the offensive line for a large portion of this season, Ezekiel Elliott is still on the verge of a 1,000-yard season.

Surprisingly, the Cowboys will have a bit of a test on their hands this weekend when they face a New York Giants defense that has been pretty good against the run this season. The Giants currently rank 11th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game at 111.6 per Pro Football Reference. Their defense has earned 3.32 expected points added, which is 13th in the NFL. At 4.1 yards per carry allowed, the Giants rank eighth in the NFL.

The Cowboys will need Elliott and the running game to perform as they did against the Giants if they want to earn a playoff berth this weekend. Of course, they need some help from the Eagles, but the Cowboys have to take care of their own business Sunday as well.

While this hasn’t been a great season for many on offense aside from Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, Elliott has once again put together a fairly productive season given the circumstances. Hopefully, his performance against the Eagles is a sign of what’s to come for Elliott in 2021.

What do you think?

John Williams

Written by John Williams

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  1. Elliott having one good game against a defense missing its key linemen does not make Elliott good.
    Elliott is only in his 5th season but has only played about 4 seasons of games yet he is slower each year. But Jerry paid him, so whoever is OC will have to give him all the carries next season.

  2. Zeke is still a tremendous player. Sometimes a RB will struggle a little especially when you have injuries on the OL and at QB. Anybody who knows football understands that.

  3. Yea no way our GM/Coach Jerry doesn’t give Zeke the bulk of the carries as long as he is on the roster.

    Remember he called Zeke cough our best player. Jerry hates to be wrong. Hopefully we cut Zeke loose after next season when it becomes more fiscally palatable. We’ll eat some dead money but we’ll be off the hook for his yearly salary.

    We need to get more production from the RB position. That’s really hurt us this year. We need more big plays and we haven’t gotten any of those from Zeke for the last seasons.

  4. Gary B you should try running behind that offensive line, lol… To their credit, the line got better as the season went on and when your four best offensive linemen are out due to retirement and injuries, it takes a considerable amount of time for a bunch of replacements, most are which, are low round draft choice rookies / free agents. So considering the circumstances, Zeke nor Dalton are doing extremely bad.

  5. Weic- Good post! Yea I like the way this young line has progressed and it will pay big dividends down the road. I agree Dalton has filled in admirably considering the circumstances.

    As far as Zeke i agree his production has been affected by the OL issues, but with that contract we needed more from him. My eyeball tests tells me (and alot of other people) that he looks slower and less dynamic.

    If he is the cowboys best player as Jerry calls him, he should be giving us more. Too many fumbles, too many dropped passes and too many games where he was a non factor.

  6. ZEZE IS ONE OF THE BEST. HE NEEDS TO BE PLACED IN THE GAME MORE, SO HE CAN DO WHAT HE DOES. LET HIM DO WHAT HE IS KNOWN FOR !!. STOP TRYING TO CHANGE HIM. BE A TEAM AND THINGS WILL BE BETTER. STOP FIGHTING AMONG YOUR YOURSELVES. HAVE A BLESS 2021 AND COME TOGETHER. PEACE, GRACE AND LOVE.

  7. NO OLINE, NO OLINE, NO OLINE! Look at the past 3yrs at every Top 10 RB’s who were traded or held out. They went to teams, got paid and nvr had the success they had with there prior team. Biggest example is Leveon Bell. Now look at the Steelers Oline compared to the Jets and look at Bell’s production. His production dropped in EVERY category. Now tell me the Oline doesn’t make a difference!!! LEARN THE ACTUAL GAME OF FOOTBALL X’s and O’s BEFORE U POINT FINGERS AT ANY INDVIDUAL PLAYER AT A SKILLED POSITION. THE GAME IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE WON IN THE TRENCHES!!! Next someone is gonna say Tony Pollard is doing better. He always manages to break 1 explosive run to bring up his YPC. Without Zeke, TP stays below avg

  8. Well it looks like Zeke reminded us that he is not elite , i ain’t paying you top 3 RB money to not reach 1000 yds in a season where we needed you to do that with Dak hurt and when we needed you most vs giants in season finale , FLOP 42 yds. doesn’t cut it , PLEASE GET RID OF ZEKE ELL-IDIOT

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