Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott held himself accountable after his two lost fumbles in the first half proved pivotal in his team’s 38-10 defeat to the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night.
“It’s not acceptable, and it’s something I gotta figure out,” Elliott told reporters after the game. “I don’t know. I need to figure something out.”
The three-time Pro Bowler added that the loss is “on me.”
The Cardinals punted on their first three possessions before Elliott’s fumble set them up on their own 46-yard line. Kyler Murray eventually hit Christian Kirk for a six-yard touchdown pass to help give Arizona a 7-0 lead.
The Cowboys have many things to worry about amid their 2-4 start, and Elliott’s fumble problems are on that list.
After Monday night, his five fumbles are the most in the NFL and three higher than the next closest running back. He has never finished a season with more than six fumbles, so he’s in serious danger of setting the wrong kind of personal high in 2020.
With Prescott out, the Cowboys need to have confidence in the running back whose $15 million average salary is tied for second-highest at the position. Right now, Dallas’ faith in Elliott might be wavering a bit.