Ezekiel Elliott has quickly become one of the best running backs in the NFL, and if you need proof of that just look at the numbers.
Off the field issues aside, Elliott has been a beast for the Cowboys. He rushed 322 times for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns as a rookie out of Ohio State. So far in 2017, after a Cowboys’ win against the New York Giants, Elliott has 24 carries for 104 yards to his name.
He’s elite right now, and in fact, Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk is reporting a statistic that proves just that.
If Elliott rushes for at least 80 yards this Sunday when the Cowboys take on the Broncos, he’ll be the first NFL player ever to rush for at least 80 yards in 16-straight games. He’s currently tied with former running back Marcus Allen, who rushed for 80 or more yards in 15-straight games in the 1985 season.
David Smith provided a bit more context to Elliott’s dominance.
In his first career NFL game, Elliott ran for 51 yards. Since then he has topped 80 yards in every single game he has played. The streak is for regular-season games only, meaning it doesn’t count his 125-yard game in last year’s playoff loss to the Packers, nor does it count Allen’s 121-yard game in a playoff loss after the 1985 season.
Pro Football Talk also reported that the streak is only for games played, so if the NFL does indeed suspend Elliott, it would not impact the accomplishment.