The offense of the Dallas Cowboys has been running on all cylinders so far this season. Put an emphasis on running, too. Both Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard have been impressive at running back.
Zeke had his doubters entering the season, and there are still some out there. He has proven them wrong so far, though. In particular, one stat shows that he is being the most efficient than he has ever been in his NFL career.
Ezekiel Elliott yards per carry through a season’s first five games
He is off to a career-best in this particular capacity. https://t.co/OeVVe6RKe7
— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) October 12, 2021
If he can continue this pace, the Cowboys have arguably the best running back duo in the league. The combo is extremely dynamic both on the ground and through the air.
Pace this season:
Ezekiel Elliott (1,536)
Tony Pollard (1,105)
CeeDee Lamb (1,183)
Amari Cooper (1,081)
No team in NFL history has featured multiple 1,000-yard rushers and multiple 1,000-yard receivers.
— Paul Hembekides (@PaulHembo) October 14, 2021
As for Zeke alone, he is third in total rushing yards through five games. Out of players with at least 80 rushes, Elliott is second in yards per carry. He is only behind Cleveland’s Nick Chubb.
Plus, the Cowboys top RB is second in the NFL in rushing first downs with 25. Elliott is tied with the Colts’ Jonathan Taylor at that spot. Derrick Henry has the most with 34 first downs, but he has 57 more carries than Elliott.
Going forward, there is no reason that Elliott cannot continue this production. His next four matchups are against the Patriots, Vikings, Broncos, and Falcons. Three of those four defenses are middle of the pack or worse in run defense so far this season. Denver’s rush defense is top six, though. His easiest matchup of those will be Minnesota, who is currently ranked 22nd in run defense.
It is also clear that the offensive line has played a role in the running game’s success. Zack Martin and Tyron Smith have been phenomenal as per usual, but every lineman has played an important role. Even without La’El Collins, they have had a strong unit.