When the dust settled on Week 4 of the NFL season, the Cowboys not only held steady with a 2-2 record, they had league leaders in a couple of very important individual statistical categories.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott, who topped the NFL in rushing yards as a rookie in 2016, is once again leading the way with 426 yards so far this season. That puts him at 106.5 yards per game and 88 yards in front of the Rams’ Todd Gurley in second place.
Elliott surged into first place in the rushing category by carrying 25 times for 152 yards in a 26-24 victory over the Lions on Sunday at AT&T Stadium.
“I think we got back to our old self, you know what I mean, and it showed,” Elliott said. “We wore that defense down and we hit some big runs in the second half. And then we went out there and did what we had to do to win the game.”
Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence is also leading the NFL in his most glamorous category as he has 5.5 sacks through four games. Lawrence is half a sack in front of three players tied for second with 5 sacks. Going into the Monday Night Football contest between Kansas City and Denver, Broncos linebacker Von Miller had a chance to pass Lawrence. But Miller, who entered the game with four sacks, couldn’t corral Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the backfield.
Lawrence, who finished tied for second in the league with 14.5 sacks in 2017, is off to another blazing start as the leader of the Hot Boyz, the Dallas D-line’s self-appointed nickname.
“I am basically trying to show the world that I am no one-trick pony,” Lawrence said. “Every time I step on the field, I am here to put on a show.”