Ezekiel Elliott wasn’t interested in playing the “what if” game. He avoided answering a question about whether the Dallas Cowboys would have been a playoff team had he been eligible for all 16 games. “I don’t know,” Elliott said. “It’s up for you guys to say that. Not me.” Pressed about it later, Elliott said: “The fact of the matter is it doesn’t matter. What’s the point of going ‘what if’? It already happened. You just got to look forward and control what you can control and make sure we come back ready next year, ready to contend and make it to the playoffs.” Well, Elliott made a compelling argument in his sophomore season finale that things might have turned out differently had he not served a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, stemming from a July 2016 domestic violence allegation. Elliott did something against an Eagles defense that boasted the top-ranked run defense and hadn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in the past 26 games. Elliott passed the 100-yard mark by finishing with 103 yards on 27 carries in the Cowboys’ 6-0 victory. “He’s huge for our offense,” right tackle La’el Collins said. “He can just do so many different things. He’s an every-down back and you can see that week in and week out every time he’s on the field. It was great to be able to get him back for the last couple of games.” And Collins didn’t hesitate when asked if the Cowboys would’ve been a playoff team had Elliott been available every game.
Would the Cowboys have made playoffs if Ezekiel Elliott played all 16 games?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Jan 1