Stopping Elliott, Cowboys run game a top priority for Packers

Drew Davison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Football

FRISCO, Texas -- Ezekiel Elliott didn't let a car wreck keep him from football practice as a 7-year-old, as his mom shared a story on social media of a young Elliott grabbing his helmet and pads and running to practice after she had been T-boned.

It's no different for the 21-year-old Elliott, who has become an NFL star with the Dallas Cowboys.

Elliott was involved in a minor fender bender early Wednesday near the Cowboys' practice facility, but took the field with his teammates a couple hours later.

"I'm fine. I'm healthy. I'm good," Elliott said afterward. "It's like nothing happened. My car is messed up, that's about it."

Elliott had no interest in discussing his accident in detail, instead focusing on football and the Green Bay Packers coming to town for a divisional round matchup on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium.

Elliott is arguably the biggest factor going into the game. The Cowboys pride themselves on being a run-first team behind Elliott, and the Packers are well aware of the importance of containing him.

Green Bay didn't do it when it faced Elliott on Oct. 16 in a 30-16 victory for Dallas.

"I could go down the list of what they excel at on offense, but obviously it starts with stopping the run," Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said. "Great running back, great offensive line, really -- so, we'll have our work cut out for us, but we're up for the challenge."

Elliott gashed the Packers for 157 yards on 28 carries. Going into the game, the Packers had the top-ranked run defense while allowing only 42.8 yards a game.

But Elliott and the Cowboys had no trouble establishing the run. As a team, the Cowboys finished with 191 yards on 33 carries.


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