LaDainian Tomlinson Seems To Think Ezekiel Elliott Isn’t Getting Touches Because The Cowboys Are Trying To Win Dak Prescott MVP

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Ezekiel Elliott isn’t being fed the rock this season like he has in years past.

He averaged 20.2 rushing attempts per game last season, but this season the Dallas running back is only getting 19.4 rushing attempts per contest. Those numbers aren’t far off from one another, but Elliott was handed the ball just 16 times last week against Detroit marking the third time in 10 games this season he’s been given 16 or fewer carries.

Elliott averaging just 4.3 yards per rush attempt may have something to do with him not getting as many touches – he averaged almost 5 yards per carry last season – but LaDainian Tomlinson has a different theory as to why the Cowboys aren’t feeding him the ball.

LT thinks it’s due to the fact that the Cowboys, specifically offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, are trying to get Dak Prescott into the NFL MVP conversation meaning fewer touches for the running back.

It’s certainly not the worst argument ever presented, but it could simply be due to the fact that Prescott has a hot hand right now and his receiving core is turning into one of the best in the NFL.

Prescott has thrown three touchdowns in each of the last three games, posted 397 passing yards two weeks ago against Minnesota and put up 444 yards passing this past week in Detroit. He’s got 24 touchdowns compared to nine interceptions on the year and his completion percentage of 67.7% is good enough for seventh in the league among quarterbacks with at least nine games played.

We also can’t gloss over the fact that Prescott leads the NFL in passing yards with 3,221. It’s simple to see that he’s playing at a high-level while pushing the Cowboys to the top of the NFC East standings.