Ezekiel Elliott continues to show and prove early on in his NFL career, this time on the road versus the San Francisco 49ers. The rookie running back made his Dallas Cowboys debut with 51 yards rushing on 20 carries against the New York Giants.
In his latest performance he torched the 49ers for 138 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries. Yes, six yards a pop. Elliott has now amassed 412 yards (averaging a solid 103 yds/game) one-quarter of the way through the season.
— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) October 2, 2016
This is impressive when you consider the fact that the Cowboys found themselves in an early 14-0 hole on the road in a semi hostile (there were lots of Cowboys fans there) Levi’s Stadium.
On top of that the Cowboys offensive line, one of the best in the league, was nowhere near full strength. Left tackle Tyron Smith and left guard La’el Collins didn’t play due to injury. Dallas was also without their best wide receiver Dez Bryant who was sidelined due to a hairline knee fracture.
Dak Prescott went 23 for 32 for 245 yards and tossed two touchdown passes in spite of this.
The defense has to be commended too. They tightened things up on Blaine Gabbert and the 49ers after a rocky start and only surrendered three points the rest of the way. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick was out action once again due to injury. Rookie cornerback Anthony Brown stepped up and made some nice plays in the secondary.
Morris Claiborne is displaying the form that made the Cowboys select him as a high first round pick (sixth overall) out of LSU. He was everywhere against San Francisco snagging an interception as well as flying up to make the game preserving tackle on fourth down to end the 49ers attempt to tie the game.
The Cowboys aren’t going to always be able to play with a lead. It was good to see Elliott and Prescott handle that situation while shorthanded and rally for the win to get to 3-1. Now they head back to Dallas to get ready for another strong test against a good Cincinnati Bengals squad.