The Cowboys need Ezekiel Elliott to eat on Thanksgiving Day vs. Bills
Ezekiel Elliott has made the feed me celebration famous in the NFL. Now he has yet another Thanksgiving Day game in a Cowboys’ uniform. The puns basically write themselves. In all seriousness, the Cowboys need to feed their star running back.
Jerry Jones agreed to give Elliott a six-year, $90 million contract extension before the season. This made him the highest paid running back in the league. In his first three years in the league, Elliott has led the league in rushing twice and scored 28 touchdowns. Over his last three games, Elliott has 57 carries for 178 yards and one touchdown.
Elliott is the best pure runner in the game. The only player close is Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings. He does not do as much out of the backfield as Christian McCaffrey, but if you are picking one running back to hand the ball to, it should be Elliott. Dallas needs to do so on Thanksgiving.
There is a reason that Elliott received his contract extension before Dak Prescott. No, the holdout is not the correct answer. Prescott could get the Kirk Cousins treatment and play next season under the franchise tag. The reason Elliott got paid first is because he is the backbone of that team. Prescott is impressive because he fits the system really well. Elliott is a chameleon. He would find success on any team. The same cannot be said about Prescott.
On Thanksgiving, Dallas will host the Bills who have allowed the third least passing yards in the league at 184.3 per game. On the other hand, teams are rushing for 104.4 yards per game. The Bills have allowed a 100-yard rusher in three games this season. At least one rusher has had 60 yards or more in all but two games against Buffalo.
Dallas is in desperate need of a win on Thanksgiving. They are currently 6-5 and hold a one-game lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys need to rebound after a gut-wrenching 13-9 loss in New England in Week 12. One sure-fire way to do that is to feed Elliott. If the Cowboys are set up with manageable second and third down situations, they will be successful.
The offense needs to run through Elliott. It is time to start giving the ball to the player who you are giving $50 million guaranteed to over the next six seasons. Despite being in first place in the division, this is a must-win game for Dallas. It is Zeke time on Thanksgiving.