Ezekiel Elliott Averaging Fewest Touches Per Game in NFL Career is the Sole Reason Cowboys Are Faltering

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is averaging the fewest touches of his career in 2019.
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is averaging the fewest touches of his career in 2019. | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys were embarrassed on national television by the Buffalo Bills during their Thanksgiving Day game, their third loss in four games. At 6-6, the Cowboys somehow are clinging onto the top spot in the NFC East, but they look far less formidable than they did at the start of the year.

Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore was employed to breath new life into the Cowboys offense, but for some reason he has decided to decrease the role of star running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Elliott averaged 21.7 carries per game in his first three seasons in the NFL. That number has dropped to 18.9 in 2019, the lowest mark of his career. He carried the ball just 12 times in Dallas' loss to Buffalo, the sixth time he recorded fewer than 20 carries this season.

The Cowboys have the best passing offense in the league in terms of yards per game. That should be translating into more wins, however, the lack of a run game has limited the team's offensive potential.

Elliott led the NFL in rushing yards in two of his first three seasons in the league. But after handing him a monster contract this offseason, the Cowboys have surprisingly reduced his role.

The Cowboys are still primed to make the playoffs out of the NFC East, but if they want to make even the slightest bit of noise in the postseason they need to start unleashing Zeke sooner than later.