Throughout his few seasons in the NFL, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has established himself as one of the top players in the league at his position. Elliott has experienced a tremendous level of individual success that has seen him become one of the most productive offensive talents in the NFL. That has remained in the 2019 season with him being in contention to possibly snag another single-season rushing title, but there is something that he’s eyeing that holds much greater importance to him at this point in his career.
Ezekiel Elliott’s strong start to NFL career
Since being taken with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Elliott has been a critical component in the Cowboys’ offensive game plan. In many ways, he is the driving force on that side of the ball that has brought tremendous stability to the franchise.
Elliott has been a highly dependable option in the backfield for the Cowboys as their centerpiece in the running game. He has tallied more than 1,000 rushing yards in three out of his first four seasons, which would have been in all four campaigns had he not been suspended for six games in the 2017 season.
The 24-year-old has tallied 5,119 career rushing yards in just 53 games played, which has pushed him up to fourth all-time with 96.6 rushing yards per contest trailing Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, and Terrell Davis. Elliott has been as dependable as they come out of the backfield that has earned him recognition as one of the best talents in the league.
With that in mind, Elliott has the chance to secure the third rushing title in his career, currently ranked fifth with 1,067 yards, but his focus is beyond that personal mark for one reason.
Ezekiel Elliott holds one thing over rushing titles
Elliott is in a potential promising position sitting fifth in rushing with a chance to secure yet another rushing title.
However, his attention is centered directly on another crucial goal of helping guide the Cowboys into the playoffs, according to DallasCowboys.com.
“Win ball games, man,” he said. “I’m trying to win a Super Bowl. I really don’t care about that number. Who cares if you rush for 2,000 and you don’t even make the playoffs?”
The Cowboys have stumbled over the last few weeks, dropping their last three straight games. It has pushed them below the .500 mark and into a tie atop the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles heading into Week 15 action against the Los Angeles Rams.
Elliott’s focus is clearly on doing whatever it takes to push his team into the playoffs despite it being such a frustrating season.
Cowboys’ playoff hopes are in their hands
The Cowboys are heading into Week 15 action with their backs against the wall once again with their playoff aspirations in play.
Dallas lost their grip hold on the NFC East division after dropping their third straight game that has pushed them into a tie record-wise with the Eagles. Despite all that, the Cowboys still control their playoff destiny entering the final three weeks of the season with matchups against the Rams, Eagles and Washington Redskins.
It has ramped up the importance for them get back on track at home against Los Angeles this week. The Rams will pose a tough challenge as they have bounced back in their last two games after the Monday night blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Cowboys may still hold the luxury of controlling their postseason hopes, but it’s on them to finish out strong in the final three games of the regular season.
If not, plenty of change could soon be on the horizon in Dallas.