EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – On a night when the Cowboys set or matched season lows in points, total yards, first downs and third-down conversions, the offense was able to rely on Ezekiel Elliott and the running game once again.
Three months after totaling a season-low 51 rushing yards in his NFL debut against the New York Giants, Elliott looked like a much-improved running back in the rematch at MetLife Stadium. He had 86 yards by halftime and finished with 24 carries for 107 yards, his largest total since Week 10 at Pittsburgh.
Although his longest run was only 15 yards, Elliott accounted for five of the Cowboys' 13 first downs in the game, including a fourth-and-1 conversion in the first quarter that led to the team's only score six plays later.
Elliott's 1,392 rushing yards are the third-most by a player in his first 13 games in NFL history.
"I had a decent game, but that's not what it's about," Elliott said after the Cowboys' 10-7 loss. "It's about the end result and we didn't win, so we have to go back to the drawing board."