The Cowboys’ rookie duo are heading for an end of the season showdown against each other. They’ve been torching the entire league; their poise and execution belying their youth and inexperience.
Welcome to 1993. Bill Clinton is president. Beanie Babies have been recently introduced. WWF’s Monday Night Raw has debuted. And a star QB and RB duo in Dallas is dominating the NFL.
No not that guy, but after 20 years of struggle, the Cowboys appear to be in store for a massive year. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have destroyed anyone’s best predictions for them. Elliott clearly had the hype after being drafted 4th overall. But remember the Dallas O-line has been letting Romo get destroyed for years. As for Prescott, he was drafted 135th overall – while a good 20 NFL teams could have used him. Now all of those head coaches and GMs (especially across the NFL East) are left with the same reaction.
Just take a look at the monster numbers that these two have put up in their first nine NFL games.
Dak Prescott: 187 completions from 280 attempts (66.8%) / 2,339 yards / 14 TDS / 2 INTs; 31 rushes for 125 yards, 4 TDS.
Ekeziel Elliott: 198 rushes for 1,005 yards, 5.1 yards per carry, 9 TDs; 18 catches for 250 yards and 1 TD.
They are already only the second NFL rookie due to pull off 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing. These guys are tearing up the NFL. Both could easily win rookie of the year at this point, but after Sunday’s comeback victory over the Steelers, they have to be in the MVP category.
Elliott was expected to be the main RB for Dallas, but Dak was going to be the back up for a few seasons, learning the NFL system while Romo finished up his career. Instead he was thrown in immediately and will now keep the starting spot, even with Romo returning next week.
Settle in, Dallas fans. You might be watching this year’s Rookie of the Year. And the NFL MVP. And perhaps the Super Bowl Champions. It could finally be the return of the Cowboys if these two can continue to smash expectations. “America’s Team” could be ready for the spotlight again, and a deep run into this year’s playoffs.