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Reel Talk: Ezekiel Elliott’s 2 Touchdowns Prove He’s the RB the Cowboys OL Deserves

The didn't just draft a with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 . With needs elsewhere (particularly on ), the selection of received some national scrutiny, simply because of his position.

Zeke is more than a running back though, but rather an athletic freak, and a player that is capable of perfectly executing the runs and receptions for 's that play to the strengths of the league's best .

As if a line of , , , , and could look any better, the full dominance they put on in the trenches is now being brought to life like never before thanks to the rookie Elliott.

Elliott is the engine to the 8-1 Cowboys, and he drove for two long touchdowns in Dallas' most recent win over the Steelers – the second of which won the game.

How did those plays happen? Let's find out with some :

First Quarter: Ezekiel Elliott 83-yard Screen Pass to the House!

The longest touchdown of Elliott's career came at a great time, late in the first quarter with the Cowboys trailing 12-3. Catching a screen pass from Prescott, #21 turned up field and was escorted by the Space Cowboys all the way into the end zone.

With 18 yards to go for a first down, you see the Steelers showing some pressure off the right before the snap – which they would back out of into coverage.

Luckily for the Cowboys, they had the perfect play called, as the often-used fake jet sweep to drew plenty of attention from the Steelers' defenders in short or intermediate zones. Before this ball is ever close to being in the hands of Elliott, you see the play developing with green grass in front of Zeke and this offensive line.

All five linemen simply put a “hat on a hat”, including Travis Frederick swinging out to take on defenders in the second and third level. At full speed, Elliott picked up his final key block from , and the rest was .

Fourth Quarter: Ezekiel Elliott's 32-yard run to victory!

Elliott's long touchdown would spark the Cowboys for the rest of this game, as they fought back multiple times – only to see the lead change three times in the final two minutes, with Pittsburgh going up 30-29 with just 42 seconds to play.

With three timeouts at their disposal, the Cowboys felt comfortable handing the ball to Elliott from 38 yards out with time running down. Thankfully, his offensive line assured that it would be the last play call Dallas needed to escape on the road with their eighth straight win.

The Steelers defensive front was absolutely absorbed on this play, as Travis Frederick came through with his signature reach block on the one technique defensive . Next to him at , Ronald Leary drove his man to the ground, leaving only a desperate Anthony Chickillo – who was faced with the impossible task of trying to slide into the gap and beat Tyron Smith – in the way of Ezekiel Elliott.

 

Zeke scored, the Cowboys won, and our amazing rookies found yet another way to amaze us on this journey that has been the through 10 weeks.


Ezekiel Elliott is truly something special. The Cowboys offensive line is in their prime, now getting the golden opportunity to block for a youthful back that is simply just getting started – leading the league in rushing at 21 years old.

Elliott has been so good, that he's essentially forced the Cowboys to keep arguably their greatest QB of all time in on the bench, because the connection he has going with is just that good.

I don't know if I'll be able to sleep for a long time tonight after taking a closer look at this film, but when I finally do, I'll rest easy knowing that the 8-1 Cowboys will feature Ezekiel Elliott in their backfield for a long, long time.

What did you see on Ezekiel Elliott's two touchdowns against the Steelers? Leave a comment below the article to discuss, or email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com!

Sean Martin
Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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JG

Leary had the peel back block that really sprang Zeke…that screen was a Picasso on grass…

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