Is the Dallas Cowboys running back group beasts of the East?

Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Where does the Dallas Cowboys running back group rank within the NFC East?

Welcome to the second installment of my positional review within the NFC East division. Last week, it all kicked off with the quarterback position in which the Dallas Cowboys were the clear winners. Today, we move on to the running back position.

Running backs once were vital parts of every NFL offense. Between 1990-2009, several of the all-time best at the position played out their NFL careers. In fact, of the top ten all-time leading rushers, six of them played the predominant amount of their careers in this time span.

Over the last decade, however, the NFL became more of a passing league. Fewer and fewer running backs have been drafted in the first round in this time frame. Many are lucky to get one big contract, let alone two. As trends go, the current temperature of the league has definitely turned cold to those who tote the rock for a living.

Still, if you have a great running back, it is a weapon unlike any other. Within the NFC East, two of the best in the business happen to be battling for league supremacy. Given their age and talent level, this could be a battle that lasts for most of this decade.

Before we get to that breakdown, we will analyze the entire stable of NFC East running backs. Throughout these positional reviews, each position will earn five points to the best group, three points to second place, and one point to third. We’ll start off with the fourth-place team who will get no points for their running back group.