Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott could both win NFL Rookie of the Year, and they could both win NFL MVP. Time will tell, but who has been the MVP of the Dallas Cowboys?
Well, that answer isn’t any easier.
“If you wanted to tell me it’s Dak Prescott, I would say that’s a good pick, and if you wanted to tell me it’s Zeke Elliott, I would say that’s a good pick, too,” former Cowboy Babe Laufenberg said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I hate to be a fence-rider, but I don’t know if you have one without the other. It goes back to those teams of the ’90s with Emmitt and Troy and Michael.”
Laufenberg, of course, is referring to Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin, who won three Super Bowls together. All were immensely talented individuals who produced along with – and because of – each other.
It’s the same with Prescott and Elliott. Prescott has 26 touchdowns (20 pass, six rush) to just four interceptions, while Elliott has 1,902 total yards and 14 touchdowns (13 rush, one receiving). Together, they have led Dallas to a 12-2 record and the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
“It’s kind of hard to say in terms of who’s your MVP,” Laufenberg said, “but I do think this: The quarterback is always the guy that’s making game-changing decisions throughout the course of the game. So I always lean to the quarterback just because there’s more on his plate. That being said, Zeke Elliott is going to rush for between 1,500 and 1,800 yards yards by the end of this season, and that’s quite an accomplishment.”
Elliott, in fact, already has 1,551 rushing yards with two games to go.
“It’s been a run-dominant team,” Laufenberg said. “They’ve pretty much been the only team that’s run it more than thrown it all season long. So again, I’d hate to be a fence-straddler here, but if you told me either guy, I’d (be) okay with that so maybe we should just split it right down the middle.”
Dallas hosts Detroit (9-5) on Monday Night Football on Dec. 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET.