Ezekiel Elliott is just getting started for the Cowboys, and he’s already in elite company. Based on voting by his fellow NFL players, Elliott is Sporting News’ runaway Rookie of the Year for 2016.
He is the first Cowboys player to win SN’s award since Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett in 1977, and the third overall. The other winner also was a running back, Calvin Hill, in 1969.
In the bigger picture, Elliott has a strong case as the best rookie running back of all time. Taking the untouchable, all-purpose dynamo Gale Sayers out of the equation, Eric Dickerson is Elliott’s only competition among those who played running back exclusively.
Despite a challenge from Elliott, Dickerson kept his two rookie Cheap Jerseys For Sale records from his 1983 season with the Rams most rushing yards (1,808) and most scrimmage yards (2,212). Elliott ended up with 1,631 and 1,994 yards, respectively.
Take something, instead, from this postseason: Brady and the Patriotsa€offense took a beating from the Texansa€defensebut still stitched together 34 points thanks to special teams, takeaways and the adjustments of the Patriots receivers.
The Steelers piled up yards against the Chiefsbut never scored a touchdown. The Patriots limiting the damage from the so-called Killer Bs this week would be a fatal blow. Theyre capable of pulling it off.
Vinnie Iyer: The Patriots have been very good at running the ball, especially in scoring position, with former Steelersrunning back LeGarrette Blount. The Steelers, however, are riding the best feature back in the league, Le’Veon Bell.
New England was able to keep Bell in check during the Cheap Jerseys Good Quality regular season meeting, as he had to make up for his quiet rushing day with a big receiving effort. It helped that, with Landry Jones needing to fill in for an injured Roethlisberger, the Patriots could focus on stopping the run first.