Ezekiel Elliott has been a part of the Dallas Cowboys for three seasons now, and we have yet to see him play an entire one.
Obviously Zeke missed time during his sophomore campaign, but in both his first and third seasons he sat out the regular-season finale because the Cowboys were division champions and were looking to rest him for the playoffs. In both of those seasons, 2018 included, he led the league in rushing.
Elliott is once again the NFL’s rushing king having rushed for 1,434 yards this season. He actually carried the ball fewer times than he did in his rookie season, but he unquestionably worked harder in the passing game. In fact, Elliott eclipsed 2,000 total yards from scrimmage for the first time this season on top of his rushing title.
The fact that Zeke has led the league in rushing while only playing 15 games not just once, but twice, is pretty insane to think about. Only twice since 1994 has the league’s leading rusher not played a full season and in both instances it was Elliott. The last person to do it before Zeke was a different Cowboys running back, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith.
Ezekiel Elliott has now led the NFL in rushing for second time in three seasons. In both instances he played only 15 games.— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) December 30, 2018
Only twice since 1994 has league’s leading rusher been active for less than 16 games. Both times were Zeke.
Last person to do it was Emmitt Smith in 1993.
There were a lot of expectations surrounding Ezekiel Elliott when the Cowboys drafted him with the fourth overall pick in 2016. Two rushing titles, what would have probably been a third, that have led to two division titles is hard to be disappointed by. Zeke has been more than worth the investment Dallas made in him.
Congratulations to the NFL’s leading rusher, Ezekiel Elliott. The title belongs in Dallas. As a franchise, it’s their third in five years, just like their NFC East Championships.