Ezekiel Elliott has “frustrating” day with 8 rushing yards

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In his first 17 NFL games, Ezekiel Elliott never had fewer than 51 rushing yards. In his final two seasons at Ohio State, the running back never had fewer than 32 rushing yards.

Thus, after rushing for 8 yards on Sunday against the Broncos, it seemed appropriate for Elliott to give a one-word answer when asked the last time he remembers having single-digit rushing yards.

“Never,” he said, via quotes distributed by the team.

While that’s not quite true — he had three games with one carry for fewer than 8 yards as a freshman at Ohio State — Elliott made his point. Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (14) and Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (24) both had more rushing yards than Elliott.

For that matter, even 40-year-old Tom Brady had more rushing yards than Elliott on Sunday, as the Patriots quarterback ran for 9 yards against the Saints.

Elliott’s carries went for 0, 3, 2, 0, minus-5, 0, 2, 1 and 5 yards. His eight carries were the fewest he’s had since Sept. 14, 2014, at Ohio State when he had seven in the Buckeyes’ blowout of Kent State. Elliott had never had fewer than 12 carries in the NFL.

“It is the first time that I’ve seen us play when Zeke was as neutralized as he was today,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, via Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “This was a first for me to see it. Well, for anybody. And, yes, you’ve got to give them credit. They took away the play-action and they took away some of our ability to move. Do we have the ability to adjust and go to other things? Sure we do. Again, I’ll say this again, it’s not us.”

Elliott answered “no” when asked if his legal battle with the NFL over his six-game suspension affected his play.

Jones expects Elliott to play next week against Arizona but wouldn’t speculate beyond that. Elliott expects not only to play but to play well against the Cardinals after a “frustrating” day against the Broncos.

“[Shoot], just got to go to work,” Elliott said. “You can’t forget about it. You’ve got to evaluate what happened, and you’ve got to build on it.”

27 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott has “frustrating” day with 8 rushing yards

  1. It was so much fun watching so many of the fair-weather cowboys’ fans leave the game early in the 3Q. They were overly obnoxious before and during the game – up until the first TD drive after halftime.

  2. Lots of 8 in the box for Elliot until Prescott can beat teams throwing it all game.
    Denver is more stout than most, but I would expect more of the same from everyone else as a game plan going forward.
    I certainly didn’t miss Elliot’s stupid cereal eating act today given his lousy production.
    Time to see what Prescott is made of, and time to see if Dallas can play defense to keep them in games.

  3. Everyone has a bad day at some point, but Elliott has had many bad days, which is why he has a pending suspension.

  4. Unfortunately, I was at The Dome to witness the demolition of my Saints. But what does give me some comfort is that “dem Cowboys” got demolished by a bigger margin.

    I know my Saints SUCK and we’re fulfilling most everyone’s expectations of how they would be. I had some optimism during preseason but reality has set in. That being said, Elliott’s frustration and his team’s butt kicking yesterday, is pure schadenfreude for me! ROTFLOL

  5. funny how the NFL works

    when you win a game managing QB like Dalton can look elite,
    when the team is not winning, we get to see how good he really is.

    when it comes to the Cowboys QB, if the shoe fits………..

  6. Move along, national media, there’s nothing to see in Denver. Keep making them the underdog and keep telling all their opponents that T-swizzle can’t play.

  7. Zeke had a bad game just like most of the rest of the squad, overall very frustrating game to watch as a fan. Lack of offensive touches aside, coaches need to do a better job of adjusting to the 9 man box–but I acknowledge that it wouldn’t of mattered yesterday, the execution was just laughable.

  8. I’m not saying he’s a bad rusher, but Elliot isn’t an elite one. He relies on good blocking to be effective, and Dallas’s super blocking in 2016 is what made him look better than he is. So far, tough opponents have not been run over by the Dallas OL, and Elliot doesn’t have the Lynch/Peterson/Johnson-type skills to make something when the blocking isn’t there.

  9. The Cowboys were exposed yesterday. Dez is getting old and slow and their offensive line took a step down in the offseason. The defensive line is too small to go toe to toe with the big boys and they need a secondary that can make plays.

  10. joetoronto says:
    September 18, 2017 at 5:23 am
    No excuses against that light Denver front, they should have ran them over.


    What will your excuse be when Denver shuts down Marshawn?

  11. Was very surprised at how Denver dominated both lines of scrimmage . One thing to lose but getting physically dominated on both sides of the ball is not a good sign going forward .

  12. taintedsaints2009 says:
    September 18, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Just a bad game. I think Dallas was surprised how effective the interior Denver lineman were and got punched in the mouth
    So was it a bad game or was it effectiveness of the Denver’s interior lineman?

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