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Green Bay Packers praise Dallas rookie Ezekiel Elliott’s skills

The Green Bay Packers had a difficult time trying to tackle Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who rushed for 157 yards in Sunday’s game.
The Green Bay Packers had a difficult time trying to tackle Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who rushed for 157 yards in Sunday’s game. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Dallas Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott continues to make believers out of opponents.

The latest being the Green Bay Packers.

Elliott rushed 28 times for 157 yards in the Cowboys’ 30-16 win over the Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

"He's a special player. He's a very special back. You don't see guys come into the league the way he's stepped into the NFL,” Packers linebacker Datone Jones said. “He looks nice, the offensive line was pretty good and they won the game, so you can't knock them. They came into Lambeau and won the game, and we can't have that.”

Elliott’s 157 yards were the fourth-most by a Cowboys rookie in team history. His 703 rushing yards are the most by a Cowboys rookie in his first six games and the second-most overall by a player in his first six career games in NFL history.

Elliott was considered by many as the most complete running back in the draft before he was taken fourth overall by the Cowboys. He can run inside, outside and catch passes out of the backfield.

However, it’s been his toughness and yards after contact that has drawn praise from his most recent opponents.

“He’s a tough back and he falls forward. He plays with an attitude, and if you play with an attitude at any position you’re going to have some success, especially a position where you have to attack people,” Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels said. “And as a running back, he accelerates on the contact. So he’s a tough kid.”

Elliott has posted four consecutive games of 130 or more rushing yards. It’s the first time in NFL history that a rookie has done it and only the 11th time any runner has done it.

"He's a special player. Sideline to sideline, north and south, he can break the tackles,” Jones said. “The thing that makes him very special is he falls forward on most of his runs. When he falls forward, he gains 2-3 extra yards so it's like, 'Wow.' He's playing like a veteran back. He's pretty good. He's probably the offensive rookie of the year."

Jeremy Reeves contributed to this report

Dallas Cowboys Schedule

Regular season

Sept. 11

Giants 20, Cowboys 19

Sept. 18

Cowboys 27,

Redskins 23

Sept. 25

Cowboys 31, Bears 17

Oct. 2

Cowboys 24, 49ers 17

Oct. 9

Cowboys 28, Bengals 14

Oct. 16

Cowboys 30, Packers 16

Oct. 23

Bye

  

Oct. 30

vs. Philadelphia

7:30 p.m.

KXAS/5

Nov. 6

at Cleveland

Noon

KDFW/4

Nov. 13

at Pittsburgh

3:25 p.m.

KDFW/4

Nov. 20

vs. Baltimore

Noon

KTVT/11

Nov. 24

vs. Washington

3:30 p.m.

KDFW/4

Dec. 1

at Minnesota

7:25 p.m.

KXAS/5, NFL Net.

and Twitter

Dec. 11

at NY Giants

7:30 p.m.

KXAS/5

Dec. 18

vs. Tampa Bay

Noon

KDFW/4

Dec. 26

vs. Detroit

7:30 p.m.

ESPN

Jan. 1

at Philadelphia

Noon

KDFW/4

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