Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is well on pace to break the NFL’s rookie rushing record of 1,8o8 yards set by Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams in 1983.
But teammate Dez Bryant expects the former Ohio State standout to obliterate it by finishing with at least 2,000 yards.
“Yeah, I believe it. Two thousand or more,” Bryant told the Star-Telegram recently.
And his prediction is a distinct possibility. Elliott has already set a rookie record by rushing for 130-plus yards in four consecutive games; he leads the league in rushing by a wide margin; has four games remaining against teams in the bottom third of the league’s run defenses; and has the NFL’s top-rated offensive line blocking for him.
The numbers, however, say otherwise. Elliot’s currently averaging 117.2 yards per game, which, with 10 games remaining, would put him at 1,875 for the season. Moreover, according to PFT, Smith’s average would need to climb to around 130 yards per outing to even reach the stratospheric 2,000 yard club.
Lofty goal, but certainly not out of the question. Next up for Dallas is a divisional showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles, a game that should provide Elliott with some of his stiffest resistance yet. The Birds own the the league’s ninth best rushing defense, conceding just 104.6 yard per game.