The Cowboys came into the season with running back Ezekiel Elliott, knowing that he can dominate any game regardless of who they play. The Chiefs came into the season with a couple running backs and uncertainty as to who will lead the way.
Kansas City signed veteran LeSean McCoy during the offseason and was hoping he would take over the reins for running back Kareem Hunt after he was released (and eventually suspended) due to domestic abuse.
McCoy was never able to get back to the dominant force he once was, running for only 465 yards and four touchdowns. Sharing snaps with him was running back Damien Williams. He ran for 498 yards and five touchdowns.
If you combine their stats, then the duo has 963 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns. Compare that to 1,357 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns for Zeke alone.
Then there’s rookie running back Tony Pollard who pitched in whenever he was given the opportunity. He had 455 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. The 1,812 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns almost double in yards and aren’t far from doubling scores.
Looking at that, Dallas blows away the Chiefs running backs. Just to top it off, let’s look at the backs in the passing game. Zeke and Pollard combine for 527 yards and three touchdowns to Williams’ and McCoy’s 394 yards and three touchdowns.
The respective schemes of each team can be looked at as a good reason for such a drastic difference. Regardless of that, Zeke is looked at as arguably the best back in the league, and for good reason. Dallas wins this round.