Ezekiel Elliott breaks Cowboys' rookie rushing record in just 10 games
After passing Tony Dorsett, Elliott's next target is Eric Dickerson's NFL rookie rushing record
On the Cowboys' first possession against Baltimore on Sunday, Elliott ran for 3 yards, which doesn't sound like a lot, but it was enough to help the former Ohio State running back break the Cowboys' single-season rookie rushing record.
Elliott entered the game with 1,005 yards, which was just behind Tony Dorsett's rookie mark of 1,007 yards (1977). Although Elliott only needed 3 yards, those weren't easy to get against a Ravens defense that's ranked No. 1 in the NFL against the run.
Elliott only gained a yard on his first carry, before breaking the record with 2 more on his second, giving him 1,008 yards for the season. (In case you're wondering, Emmitt Smith rushed for 937 yards during his rookie year in Dallas).
The Cowboys rookie broke the record in just 10 games, which is good news for Elliott because that means there will be no debate about who the true record-holder is. When Dorsett set the record in 1977, he did it when the NFL played just 14 regular-season games.
Although Elliott broke the Cowboys' rookie rushing record, he still has a long way to go before breaking the team's single-season rushing record. That record is currently held by DeMarco Murray, who rushed for 1,845 yards in 2014.
Of course, if Elliott breaks that record, that means he would also break another hallowed record: The NFL rookie rushing record. That record is currently held by Eric Dickerson, who rushed for 1,808 yards in 1983.
Going into Sunday's game, Elliott was on pace to rush for 1,787 yards this season. Although Elliott broke the Cowboys' rookie record, Dickerson doesn't think he will break his NFL record.
The Pro Football Hall of Famer recently said that Elliott has no chance of breaking his record.
"Zeke does a great job of picking and choosing his holes, he really does," Dickerson said, via USA Today. "And the offensive line, they stopped everybody at the line of scrimmage. But is he gonna break that record? No, he ain't gonna break that record. That record's safe."
To keep track of how Elliott does against the Ravens, make sure to check out our CBSSports.com GameTracker by clicking here.
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