Will Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott smash NFL rookie rushing mark?

The former Ohio State standout is on pace to break Eric Dickerson's long-standing rookie rushing record, and some sportsbooks are taking wagers on whether the explosive running back will achieve the feat.

 

Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott could be on the verge of making history. In six games this season, the former Ohio State standout already has 703 rushing yards.

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Oddsmakers are anticipating Elliott breaking the NFL rookie rushing record, which Eric Dickerson set in 1983 for the Rams. Dickerson had 390 attempts for 1,808 yards, and an average of 113 yards per game.

Elliott is on pace for 1,874 yards, which would clear Dickerson's record by 68.

BookMaker.eu thinks Elliott is going to run away with history ? literally.

In a proposition bet on the matter, Elliott is -140 to break Dickerson's mark, meaning you'd have to wager $140 to win $100, making it the favorite in the wager.

"Defenses making adjustments or an injury could prevent him from breaking the record but, with the way that offensi"e line is blocking and the proficiency he's running with, 2,000 yards isn't out of the question,? Bookmaker spokesman Scott Cooley said Monday.

The odds of Elliott falling short of the magic number are +110, meaning you'd win $110 on a wager of $100.

Elliott's 703 rushing yards  leads the NFL, despite Dallas being on a bye Sunday. He's 22 yards ahead of the Cardinals' David Johnson, who has 681.

Moreover, Dallas receiver Dez Bryant is reportedly on track to return this week, potentially opening up some room for Elliott to run wild even more.

The Cowboys' schedule also sets up well because Elliott faces top-10 run defenses just twice in the final 10 games.

Fresh off its bye, Dallas plays the Eagles twice (14th in the NFL against the run), Browns (31st), Steelers (16th), Ravens (4th), Redskins (26th), Vikings (3rd), Giants (12th), Buccaneers (21st), and Lions (19th).

According to Fox Sports, Dickerson said in September of Elliott breaking his record, "He told me through his agent that he was going to break my record. I just laughed and said, 'Good luck.' Many have said that; all have failed."

It looks like this could be the year that the 33-year-old record falls.