Ezekiel Elliott had 9 carries for 8 yards in America’s Blowout of the Week, a 42-17 Denver Broncos win over the Dallas Cowboys. Elliott also added 4 catches for 14 yards as the Cowboys dropped to 1-1 on the season. While Jason Garrett blames quarterback Dak Prescott, the images of Elliott are just as bad as the numbers. Peter King took exception to this particular play which Elliott clearly gave up on. Via MMQB:
Elliott stopped. Elliott did not chase the Denver interceptor, though he certainly would be instructed by any coach in the history of football to pursue the man who intercepted the ball until he was down. Elliott stood there with his hands on his hips. He did nothing.
King calls for Elliott’s punishment following this lack of effort. NFL Network’s LaDainian Tomlinson went further saying Elliott “absolutely quit on his team today.”
The good news is that Elliott was able to turn his frown upside down once the drubbing was over and he got to exchange jerseys with someone who had a good game.