Monday Moment: Ezekiel Elliott Goes 0-To-60

    Another Monday, another !

    This week, I decided to skip over the week 4 victory in San Francisco and get right into the Cowboys' demolishing of the week 5 of last season.

    After defeating two lowly opponents in the and , much of the national media was calling for the Cowboys' match-up with the Bengals to be their reality check. A physical , experienced , and what many considered prior to the season to be a playoff caliber roster awaited the Cowboys in the Bengals.

    Instead, Dallas came out and dominated from the opening kickoff, and ended up winning 28-14 in a game which wasn't even that close.

    Already up 21-0, Cowboys delivered the dagger on their first play from scrimmage in the second half. Going for 60 yards and a touchdown, Zeke put to bed any hope of a comeback win for the Bengals.

    Let's get into the play.

    Before I break it down, just enjoy that .gif a couple of times.

    What a run, huh?

    The most ironic thing about this incredible run is that the front-side of the play wasn't even blocked very well. Sure, Zeke goes untouched here, but that is mostly due to his own doing, and a couple key backside blocks.

    Typically on inside zone plays such as these, the backside defender is left unblocked, unless he crosses the face of the /. The idea is that it will be almost impossible for him to make the play from behind anyway, especially if the tackle correctly slow-plays it on the backside.

    If he is crashing hard, and causing havoc, however, you have two options. You can either run a read-option type play and make the edge defender honor the quarterback, or you can bring a tight end across the formation to cut him off. In this case, you sometimes see designed cut-backs runs as well.

    Here, the Cowboys go with the latter option and it works to perfection.

    Tight end comes up with a huge block on the backside, allowing Ezekiel Elliott a clear cut back lane on the right side. On that same right side, and execute their assignments beautifully.

    As the slants inside of him, Martin down blocks and takes him right down the line of scrimmage and out of the play. The tackle, Doug Free, is then free to get to the second level and cut off the MIKE who is flowing over to make the tackle on Elliott.

    With Swaim, Martin, and Free all making their blocks, Zeke has a clear read on where to run, and does the rest himself.

    This is almost exactly how drew it up. When blocking assignments are executed correctly, and you have a back like Ezekiel Elliott, every play has a chance to end like this one did.

    With a touchdown.

    Kevin Brady
    Kevin Brady
    Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.


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    Travis Diggs

    He gone!!

    Donny Cook

    first Cowboys game I ever got to go to, what a moment that was to see it live, saw him do this pretty much all the time at OSU on TV, but allot different when you see it in person