Can Dallas Win Without Ezekiel Elliott?

The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most storied franchises in all of North American sports. Dynamic duos have been essential for Dallas’s success names like Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irving, Dion Sanders all started the franchise onto the path of championships.

Now those eternal names have been replaced by young guns like Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. These two rookies along with a dominant offense of line took a struggling, banged up Cowboys 4-12 team to a amazing 13-3 record in only one year.

Their rookie season would come to a end in a loss to the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional round of the playoffs. The loss was heartbreaking to the Dallas Cowboys, but America’s Team is confident that they will be back. Even after the news broke that star running back Ezekiel Elliott could face a possible suspension for ” an accumulation of events”.

The Cowboy’s success has been attributed to both Zeke and Dak, but Zeke has been the poster boy for all of this success while Dak stays quiet and humble. Some fans say Elliott is more important to the team, but that is a completely false statement.

In Dallas’s 2015 4-12 season they ranked 27th in passing and 9th in rushing. One year later and Dallas jumped to 13-3 with a 23rd ranked passing offense and a 3rd ranked rushing offense. Those stats would make someone think that Zeke’s dominance is what propelled the Cowboy’s to the number one spot in the NFC, but in this case numbers do lie.

Darren McFadden has been a starting running back in the NFL for his whole career- a pretty damn good one too, so when he rushed for 1,089 yards in 2015 nobody batted an eye. On the passing side of things Matt Cassel threw for only 1,276 yards 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

In 2016 Dak Prescott threw for 3,667 yards 23 touchdowns and 4 interceptions while Zeke rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns. Zeke rushed for 544 more yards than McFadden on 83 more attempts. Prescott threw 2,391 more yards than Matt Cassel threw 18 more touchdowns while throwing 3 fewer interceptions.

What Dallas did in the draft was added another starting caliber running back and they picked up a stud in Dak Prescott. What people forget is when Romo went down in the preseason no one said “we got Zeke were good” everyone freaked out.

What Dak Prescott did is he provided stability and intelligence to the offense. Elliott brought star power, and some highlight plays. At the end of the day you take the most complete player. The Patriots didn’t take Randy Moss over Tom Brady for the same reason why the Cowboys will rely on Prescott: quarterbacks can affect the game in more ways than any other position player can.

With the best offense of line in football and a starting running back as there number two option the Dak Prescott led Cowboys should be fine. Even if they have to go into the season without their star running back.

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