The Dallas Cowboys beat New Orleans 27-17 on Thursday. However, running back Ezekiel Elliot had another disappointing night amid controversy about a knee injury.
Elliott was able to carry the ball 13 times but only managed 45 yards. His longest rushing attempt of this evening was 10 yards. The star running back isn’t blaming his problems with his knee.
“It was tough,” Elliott stated on Thursday night. He cited the solid front seven of the Saints and avoided commenting on his injury. Although the Cowboys had considered sit him Thursday’s game due to his injury, but they chose not to do so.
The Cowboys were unable to get on the ground as a team against the Saints. Dallas managed just 88 yards, excluding Tony Pollard’s 58 yard run. This is an average of 3.8 yards per carry.
Despite recent struggles on the ground, Cowboys are still the NFL’s best team in yards per game. The Cowboys average 416 yards per week, largely due to quarterback Dak Prescott’s play.
Prescott finished 26-for-40 with 238 yard, a touchdown, and an interception in New Orleans’ win. This performance earned him one of his lowest passer ratings. He also ran for negative yardage, the first time this season.
On Thursday, the Cowboys had one their best defensive nights this season. They intercepted four Saints passes from quarterback Taysom Hills. Trevon Diggs, cornerback, had one of the picks. This brings his season total to nine interceptions.
Dallas travels to Washington Dec. 12 for a crucial matchup that could have implications for the NFC East championship. Washington Football Team will finish just two games behind Dallas if they win Sunday. Washington is currently at 5-6, with the Cowboys at 8-4. This weekend, the WFT faces the Las Vegas Raiders.
Elliott is eager to take a few days off to prepare for the game, having already played Thursday night in Week 13.
Elliott stated, “It will be good to take a break.”