Ezekiel Elliott has the second most rushing yards in the NFL and is on just about everyone’s short list for rookie of the year. Many would argue that he’s exceeded expectations.
Bengals defensive back Adam “Pacman” Jones and defensive end Carlos Dunlap aren’t among them. They attribute Elliott’s fledgling success to a Dallas offensive line that’s routinely opened up holes big enough for anyone to run through.
“If you go back and look at some of the film, some of the holes are so wide open that my little girl could run through there,” Jones told ESPN.
The Cowboys are certainly touted as having one of the best, if not the best, offensive lines in football. And they’re also adept at pass blocking, evidenced by rookie quarterback Dak Prescott’s sack total. Prescottt’s been sacked just six times through four games, the league’s third-best per game average.
But Dunlap chalks up the Cowboys’ reputation along the offensive line to their ability to run the ball, which he says could also be a way to attack them.
“That’s why they are winning football games. He’s not throwing any interceptions, and they are running the football really good, so we have to stop the run and force him to make a mistake being a rookie quarterback,” Dunlap said via ESPN.
And the pair believes if everything goes according to plan Sunday, the Cincinnati defense might end up being just as heralded as the vaunted Dallas offensive line.