The Dallas Cowboys were trounced by the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night, causing many people to put the blame on Andy Dalton. Despite Dalton not having a great game, Ezekiel Elliott took the blame for Dallas' lopsided loss to the Cardinals.
“I don’t think we can use that as an excuse,” Elliott said of playing without Prescott. “I’m just going to keep saying it over and over. I started the game out with two fumbles, gave the ball away and that gave them all the momentum they needed to go and take off. I want to say I’m sorry, and this one is one me. I need to be better for this team.”
Of course, Monday night's game was the first time the Cowboys have played a game without Dak Prescott as their starting quarterback since 2016. However, as bad as Dalton was under center, Elliott had two costly fumbles in the first half in a span of three plays.
Arizona would take advantage of both of his fumbles, turning it into a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. From that moment on, the Cardinals seized momentum and never looked back.
Through the first six weeks, Elliott has now fumbled it five times, losing four of them. Entering the 2020 season, Elliott had never lost more than two fumbles in a season, let alone in a single game.
In addition, Elliott has gone six consecutive games without 100 rushing yards (the longest streak in his career).
If the Cowboys want to salvage their season sans Prescott, they'll need Elliott to correct his fumble woes. He'll have a chance to bounce back in Week 7 versus the Washington Football Team.