Ezekiel Elliott leading the league in rushing, by a big margin

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After one of the best games of his career on Sunday, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is back in a familiar place: Leading the NFL in rushing.

Elliott has 426 yards on 73 carries, putting him well ahead of the No. 2 rusher, Rams running back Todd Gurley, who has 338 yards on 79 carries.

Sunday’s performance came despite an injury that Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said has Elliott hobbling around.

“He had a little ankle and he’s got a little bursitis he’s working on on his knee, but he’s such a competitor,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “He can’t stand not being out there. He’s a warrior. You’ve got to give hats off to him. Like you said, he’s obviously playing with pain, but at the same time, when you dial his number up, you don’t see it when the play starts. So, hats off to him. He’s such a great competitor. As we’ve said from the get-go this year, he’s in the right place in terms of where his head is, where his mind is. He’s obviously this is a season where he’s wanting to show everybody what he’s really about and certainly he’s done that to this point.”

This is Elliott’s third NFL season, and leading the league in rushing is par for the course for him. As a rookie he led the league with 1,631 yards, and in his second season he led the league with an average of 98.3 yards per game, although he didn’t lead the league in total rushing yards because he served a six-game suspension.

Through 29 career games, Elliott is averaging 104.8 rushing yards per game. That would be enough to top Jim Brown’s all-time record of 104.3 yards per game. Elliott’s production is on a historic pace.

31 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott leading the league in rushing, by a big margin

  1. What Roger Goodell did to him last year is simply Criminal. He lead the league in his rookie year, is leading the league this year and finished fourth with just under 1000 yards last year but clearly would’ve lead the league had he not been suspended for 6 games and had the suspension hanging over his head the games prior. It is a very encouraging sign that rather than looking back and becoming bitter, he just put in work and got himself ready both physically and mentally.

  2. As an Eagles fan I gotta say he’s legit. If you look back at the top of that draft all of the top 5 picks are elite. 1.Goff 2.Wentz 3. Bosa 4.Elliott 5. Ramsey.

  3. It’s hard to believe people think he isn’t a top running back. He is the most valuable player to the cowboys offense and possibly the whole team.

  4. A GREAT running back makes the offense and DEFENSE better. Ezekiel makes the Cowboys defense better and Le’veon Bell made the Steelers defense better, fact.

  5. There are some people on here that believe running backs are a dime a dozen and you can just find a great one in the draft. It will be interesting to see if Dallas uses the Steelers Le’veon Bell strategy once Elliott’s contract is up or if they go the Rams route and reward a great back before his contract is up.

  6. Zeke is what the Giants thought they would get with Saquon Barkley but he is not.

  7. And yet they still required the kicker to bale them out against the lowly Lions. Humm!

  8. Living in Ohio,I had the privilege of seeing him play at Ohio State and back then I said that whichever team is lucky enough to land him was getting a superstar. He has become that and more to the Cowboys, possibly MVP of the league. Time will tell.

  9. He was a man among boys at Ohio State. Carried that team to a championship. I just dont see him changing. However, the Cowboys better catch up to him before they wear him out. Just sayin.

  10. thefiesty1 says:
    October 1, 2018 at 4:09 pm
    And yet they still required the kicker to bale them out against the lowly Lions. Humm!


    I guess they are one up on the Patriots!

  11. calizcowboyz says:
    October 1, 2018 at 3:28 pm
    Sup Haters!

    I rarely see people hate on Zeke as a running back. Guy has skills. The problem is that the only other person on the team with skill is Sean Lee and he can’t stay on the field.

    Now if you can get a QB that could play just a little you would be in business. Running backs don’t win games, playoff games, or championship games. At least not in the last 2 decades.

    At his current pace of touches he will be out of the league before they have a defense, a QB, or a WR.

  12. Giving him the ball sure gives Dallas a better chance than letting their QB try to throw it

  13. yeah it was also a year or so ago Dez, Dak, and Zeke were the new “Triplets”.

    Dez is unemployed.
    Dak isn’t very good.
    Zeke has to carry the slack.

  14. eaglesmaina says:
    I rarely see people hate on Zeke as a running back. Guy has skills. The problem is that the only other person on the team with skill is Sean Lee and he can’t stay on the field

    That is one of the dumbest statements I’ve ever heard. So according to you, only Zeke and Lee have skill on this team? You obviously dont know football.

  15. Two wins against two tomato cans and the stooges are squaking , next up the 0-4 super bowl bound texans so they have another week to gloat. After that it’s 5 straight losses to teams that can actually stand up

  16. You don’t do what he’s doing without a good O-line. The same O-line everyone keeps blaming for Dak being a bad QB. Dak is a bad QB and that line is better than those making excuses for Dak want you to believe.

    The ONLY RB I ever saw that really was better than all the rest with a bad line was Barry Sanders. He would have an 8 yard run but get 10 yards after contact on the same run.

  17. Forget about Dak getting a new contract, the smart choice is to give Elliott a new contract new season. He’s better than Bell, though Bell hasn’t played, Elliott is still better than Bell.

  18. There is a big difference between run blocking and pass blocking. To run block you simply have to move the opponent out of the way and the try to get to the second level. To pass block you have to stay with your man and keep him form hitting your QB. When you run block, you are attacking your opponent. When you pass block your opponent is attacking you! Run blocking is easier for a OL.

  19. @ akaodoyle says:

    “In all fairness, he was running against Seattle’s new Legion of Gloom defense.”

    In all fairness? You pick out one game, and that equates to “in all fairness”? And btw, Seattle won that game, swifty. And in all 4 games played thus far, he is averaging 5.8 yards per carry and leading the league in rushing (without Frederick and a rookie LG)

    Zeke is a stud, plain and simple. He won’t get 100+ yards every game, but he is an all-around threat when he touches the ball.

    But haters are gonna hate. But you stay classy…..

  20. It’s funny …

    I remember when it was a huge thing to be the top running back and there was 5 or 7 running backs all trying to get there every year and it mattered.

    Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith and the list goes on. That’s the football I grew up with. Seems like a different game these days.

    Two weeks ago Chris Carson gets a hundred yards for the Seahawks. This week he’s hurt so Mike Davis gets a hundred yards for the Seahawks. Seems like if he got hurt next week, Penny could get a hundred yards for the Seahawks(wait its the Rams so nm but you get what I’m saying)…maybe it is just my perspective but it seems more plug and play for RBs these days. Nobody relies on the run enough for it to matter.

    Just when they start establishing the run Brian Shottenhiemer goes away from it and starts trying to have Russell throw the ball over the field(recievers cant get seperation btw) driving me crazy. Third and one and the dude calls a shotgun play with no backs in the backfield. Didnt even run a play action! Anyone want to guess what happened?

    0-9 on third down conversions…and somehow won the game. Has that ever happened before? Has a team ever not gotten ZERO third down conversion the whole game and won anyway?

    Does Zeke leading the league even matter? He got like 150 yards or something against the Seahawks who had zero respect for Dak Prescott and were happy to let Zeke get his yards s long as Dak couldn’t throw the ball down field for chunck plays.

    Zeke got huge yards but they lost and the sky was falling in Dallas afterward.

  21. “Zeke is a stud, plain and simple. He won’t get 100+ yards every game, but he is an all-around threat when he touches the ball.”


    This literally describes about 1/2 of all the RBs in the NFL. Completely meaningless statement.

  22. Love to watch him run. But maybe he should show down, don’t push his body so hard until after he gets paid. Remember how Dallas ran Murray into the ground and then shipped him out. His career was done. Zeke, remember Murray!

  23. He is as tough and willing as a running back can be.
    He blocks well, catches extremely well, and the most
    important trait, he is willing..he is tough, he will run
    hard between the tackles.
    He got a bad deal lost year. Think about it,
    the NFL’s own investigator recommended no suspension.
    Now he moves on and has led the Cowboys.

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