3. Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott are a top-3 running back duo in the NFL
This may be more of a hot take than a takeaway, but I feel very confident in this statement regardless. With both of them healthy, Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott are a top-3 tandem in the league out of the backfield. A combined 178 rushing yards last night is a good way to build on this case.
The Cowboys are currently 11th in the league in rushing yards, but only 16th in rushing attempts. The efficiency these two have brought to the table is among the best in the league so far this year. Pollard has recorded 156 yards and a touchdown on the ground, averaging 5.6 yards per carry, while Zeke has logged 178 and a touchdown on 4.5 yards per carry.
What makes this duo special is that they don’t just run the ball really well — they have other strengths that take this offense to another level. These skills allow Dallas to keep them both on the field.
Pollard, other than MNF, has also been a factor through the air this season, with six catches for 69 yards. Elliott is one of the best blocking running backs in the league, while also being able to contribute in the passing game if needed.
The Cowboys’ backs have been the topic of discussion for a while, with many asking questions about Zeke’s lack of explosiveness and Pollard’s ability to take on a heavier workload. Three weeks into the season, those questions have seemingly been put to rest.