Ezekiel Elliott is the sparkplug of the Dallas Cowboys offense, and if he gets going, it will lead to team success. With his ability to change the dynamic of a game, it makes him one of the better running backs in the league today.
This latest statistic proves just that.
Since entering the league in 2016, Elliott has accumulated 3,764 rushing yards, which is the most in the NFL. The biggest takeaway is he's accomplished this feat while missing seven games in that span.
Elliott did not miss any of those games due to injury. Six of those contests were due to his suspension in 2017, and the other was the 2016 season finale, where Dallas had already clinched the No. 1 seed for the playoffs. During that suspension, the Cowboys offense was anemic without Elliott, and played a factor in them missing the playoffs last season.
This year, Elliott has rushed for 1,150 yards, which is more than Todd Gurley, James Conner, and rookie Saquon Barkley.
The numbers alone don't lie. While Dallas' defense has been the biggest bright spot of the team, Elliott takes a ton of pressure off quarterback Dak Prescott. The third-year back can tire out the opposing defense, allowing Prescott to pick up the scraps.
Even if you don't like the Cowboys, you can't deny that Elliott is one of the best running backs in the game today. Maybe even the best.