DALLAS – The Cowboys’ offense was fueled by Ezekiel Elliott and the running game once he was drafted, and it stayed that way for years. Recently, Dak Prescott and the passing game have taken center stage, but one former rival thinks that things need to revert to the past.

Robert Griffin III was once a thorn in the Cowboys’ side during his days as the quarterback for the Washington Commanders. Now an ESPN analyst, Griffin mentioned earlier this week that the Cowboys’ offense, even in his seventh season, should run through Elliott as the lead dog, with Tony Pollard right behind him.

Elliott’s tough running style between the tackles is perfectly complemented by Pollard and his explosiveness in taking the ball outside with his speed. During Pollard’s rookie season in 2019, he and Elliott ran for 100 yards in the same game twice, making them the first Cowboys duo to hit the century mark simultaneously since 1998.

Prescott benefits from an effective running game. This will force the defense to be honest, and allow Prescott to push the ball downfield off play action with the plethora of weapons the Cowboys have to work with through the air. Having balance gives offensive coordinator Kellen Moore more ways to attack and keep defenses guessing.

After two injury-plagued campaigns, and his price tag, many feel the Cowboys should move on Elliott after the 2022 season. However, Griffin broke down what Elliott was still able to accomplish last season despite essentially running on one leg for the final 13 games as a result of a torn PCL.

Elliott was third in the NFL in rushing after the first five games with two 100-yard performances to his credit. It was a struggle for Elliott the rest of the season, but he managed to score 10 rushing touchdowns which is the third time he’s reached double digits in that category in his Cowboys career.

Elliott showed last season before he got banged up that he can still be an effective runner. If that’s the case in 2022, and Moore does the smart thing and involves Pollard more which would assist in keeping Elliott healthy, the Cowboys’ running game could become the offensive tone-setter again.

Feature image via Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports