The Dallas Cowboys wasted no time asserting their run game with Ezekiel Elliott, who gashed the Washington Redskins all the way to a tough touchdown.
What Ezekiel Elliott has done as the rookie running back for the Dallas Cowboys has been remarkable. It took him a mere 10 games to break the franchise rookie rushing record. Moreover, he’d averaged over 110 yards per game on the ground on the way to Dallas starting 9-1. It didn’t take long on Thanksgiving for the Washington Redskins to realize just what kind of force they were dealing with.
After the Cowboys opened the drive with a reverse, Elliott caught a four-yard reception. He then took a carry on the next play for 20 yards before taking rushing for 12 more on the next play. Zeke was absolutely torching the Redskins behind the best offensive line in football. And after a completion from Dak Prescott to Cole Beasley, Elliott got to finish the job.
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On the 11-yard line, Elliott rushed for seven yards. They went right back to him, giving him a run up the gut. The rookie got behind his big guard, Ronald Leary, and rumbled through a crowd all the way across the goal-line for the opening touchdown:
The opening drive for Dallas saw Elliott take four carries for 43 yards and the score in addition to the one reception as well. He’s a shoo-in for Offensive Rookie of the Year at this point and has a viable case for MVP. Sure, he’s behind the best line in the NFL, but other backs have been too and haven’t been the playmaker that the rookie proves to be on a weekly basis.