Hill: Ezekiel Elliott Could Win MVP

Elliott leads the league in rushing and has the Cowboys atop the NFC East

Ferrall On The Bench
November 28, 2018 - 8:46 am

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After a 3-5 start to the season, the Dallas Cowboys’ playoff hopes were in doubt. Well, they’ve since won three straight and lead the NFC East – and Ezekiel Elliott is the main reason why. 

In his last three games, Elliott has rushed for 394 yards and three touchdowns and caught 18 balls for 137 yards and a touchdown.

“Zeke is the straw that stirs the drink,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram Cowboys writer Clarence Hill Jr. said on Ferrall on the Bench. “He’s the foundation of everything they do. Certainly the threat of Amari Cooper has given them a big-play threat on the outside. That’s opened some things up and made them convert third downs.”

Indeed, Cooper has been a breath of fresh air for the Cowboys. He had eight catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-23 win against Washington on Thanksgiving, scoring on plays of 40 and 90 yards.

“He has the ability to take it to the house – something the Cowboys didn’t have before he came – and that’s opened things up,” Hill said. “They have that triplet thing they had in the ’90s with Michael, Troy and Emmitt. That’s what they were looking for. They need somebody on the outside that’s a threat. But it’s all about Zeke. He is the focal point of that offense.”

Elliott, in fact, leads the league with 1,074 rushing yards, with a pivotal home game against the Saints (10-1) upcoming Thursday. The Saints have won 10 straight games.

“If Zeke and the Cowboys can somehow beat the Saints, he’s going to be in the conversation for MVP,” Hill said. “If they finish this off and win the NFC East, you have to consider him in the MVP conversation.”

Dak Prescott, meanwhile, looks better now that he has a bonafide No. 1 receiver.

“He’s certainly been more confident since Amari Cooper’s come on,” Hill said. “You look at his numbers – they’ve certainly been much better the last three games. They believe they have a chance.”

Kickoff is at  8:20 p.m. ET.