The Dallas Cowboys feature two of the league’s youngest and brightest stars in their backfield - 2016 Offensive Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott and one of the elite running backs in the game in Ezekiel Elliott. The dynamic duo hurt defenses on the field and are both in the top-5 in jersey sales.
While each of their rookie seasons in 2016 saw them emerge as stars in the National Football League, 2017 was a little bit of a different story.
Dak’s first half of the season was very productive, even putting up MVP-caliber numbers at one point in time; however, a disappointing finish to the back-half of this past season, combined with missing the postseason, has made many forget just how talented the fourth-round Mississippi State product is and can be.
Zeke, on the otherhand, carried a shadow of a suspension for nearly the entire season. Initially set to miss the first six games of the season, Zeke battled in court and was able to fend it off until he was finally forced to sit following the week nine win over the Chiefs. It was easy to see how that situation impacted him both on and off the field.
Despite down seasons last year, the two have some of the best odds to take home MVP honors in 2018, according to Bovada.
Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott among NFL’s MVP favorites (via Bovada) pic.twitter.com/ei1e1uTBqq— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) June 26, 2018
Prescott has 30/1 odds to win the prestigious honor, tied with the likes of fellow quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Matthew Stafford and just behind Derek Carr and Ben Roethlisberger — pretty good company to be in for the third-year QB.
Elliott has 50/1 odds to win the QB-centric award — the fifth best odds for any non-quarterback on the list and the same odds as Jameis Winston and Eli Manning.
In 2016, the duo both received votes to win the league’s Most Valuable Player award. Zeke finished third behind Matt Ryan and Tom Brady with six votes, while Dak received one vote for MVP after his historically impressive rookie campaign. The last player to win MVP honors while wearing The Star was Emmitt Smith in 1993.
Can these two stars get the Cowboys back to the postseason and, potentially, be in the hunt for this prestigious honor in 2018?