In the history of National Football League, only two players have more receptions than these two. The Cowboys can’t come out of this game with Ezekiel Elliott running the game 9 times for 8 yards.
He completed 311 of 459 passes for 3,667 yards with 23 touchdowns, four interceptions and a passer rating of 104.9 that ranked third in the National Football League behind Super Bowl QBs Matt Ryan and Tom Brady.
Superstar running back Ezekiel Elliott was held to a mere eight rushing yards during the Cowboys’ 42-17 loss to the Broncos in Week 2. There was also heavy criticism placed on Zeke after Dak Prescott threw an interception.
TEMPE, Ariz. – When the Arizona Cardinals watched the tape of the Denver Broncos’ win over the Dallas Cowboys from last Sunday, they saw a blueprint of how to slow running back Ezekiel Elliott almost to a grinding halt.
“We’re a very strong team. It’s definitely not who I am for this team”, said Elliott. “We’ve had bad weeks offensively before”. Then you have to just leave your corners in man coverage against the Cowboys receivers all game, while also getting pressure without resorting to the blitz. Some of this blame does go to the offense, though, with its multiple turnovers that have forced the other side of the ball to play way too many minutes. The Cowboys are going to get their offense going against a questionable Arizona defense.
The Cowboys loss at Denver in week two has brought the critics out in full force and the players have heard the noise.
You can not win football games when you are playing backups against some of the better receivers in the league. I believe the Cowboys won’t face another team this season with better overall defensive personnel than the Broncos. “I’m not buying it”.
When Arians first arrived, he told reporters that teams should draft a quarterback every year because it’s such a vital position to a team’s success, but the Cardinals haven’t followed that blueprint.
And as for the linebackers: they may have anxious me the most.
The run game was literally nonexistent.
One may recall what it’s like when there’s a group project and a single person does most of the work while the rest of the group sits back and takes the easy “A”.
Speaking to media members on Thursday, Elliott admitted that it was not a good look. Elliott had just 4 carries at halftime in Denver.
I do agree with Sharpe that Dez needs to run better routes, but as an eight year veteran, Dez should’ve mastered the route tree a long time ago. “He’s a great worker and a great leader, so, I mean, he’s been the same”.
For the Cowboys, this loss hurts. To steal a Bill Belichick-ism, they are on to Arizona. It was one day and it was a bad day for us. Although, emotions are high and we don’t really know what to expect from this Cardinals team.