Dallas Cowboys must return to their Ezekiel Elliott roots

Dallas Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) /

When it comes to the NFL, it’s all about high-octane passing attacks that keep those chains moving at will. The Dallas Cowboys are no strangers to this as on paper, they have all the offensive weapons ready to take the NFL by storm. Quarterback Dak Prescott and company are ready to fire things up but in the grand scheme of things, the Cowboys’ offense should go back to its roots to set the stage for a big season.

It’s no secret that the NFL is undoubtedly a passing league these days but that shouldn’t stop the Cowboys from going back to those great years of 2016, 2018, and even 2019 when running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for over 1,000 yards while truly being a force to reckon with.

With the possibility of starting right tackle La’el Collins being out for Week 1 of the regular season, the Cowboys would be wise to formulate an offensive battleplan that puts Elliott back in the spotlight on the ground. The talent that he has is surreal and all signs point to him returning to form in 2021 if he’s able to go back to what he dominates in by being a premier rushing threat.

The Dallas Cowboys need to give Ezekiel Elliott more rushing attempts in 2021

The Cowboys need to go back to feeding the football to Elliott so he can do what he does best on the ground to really establish the run. Last season, the Cowboys totaled 639 passing attempts to 430 rushing attempts. This upcoming season, the Cowboys should increase their rushing attempts by at least 100 more if that’s the blueprint they plan to execute to not only make it a bit more balanced but also utilize the true star power of Elliott.

Considering that Prescott is a full go for Week 1 but also dealing with shoulder issues, on top of other various injuries/COVID-19 lists across the offense, means it might be best for the Cowboys to rely a bit more on their rushing attack than before. Elliott can definitely handle the additional workload as it can only help the cause as the Cowboys try to bounce back in 2021.

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Hopefully, the Cowboys make the necessary adjustments to ensure an efficient offense if they’re able to make some serious noise this upcoming season. Their offense is easily the core strength of the team and if Elliott can get off to a hot start and maintain that momentum as he’s done several times in the past, he’ll be that catalyst they need to be a touchdown-scoring machine on the ground once again.