Simple stat shows just how good Tony Romo and Ezekiel Elliott were

With a game-changing playmaker, the Cowboys are 33-9. Without one, they’re 1-16.

They don’t have one right now.

“Since 2014, the Cowboys are 33-9 with Ezekiel Elliott or Tony Romo in the starting lineup,” wrote Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “Without either [they are] 1-16.”

People often like to argue about whether players are elite or not, and there’s a lot to consider. But one thing is for certain: An elite player can pick up a bad team and win. That’s what Romo and Elliott did with the Cowboys, who now look like a shadow of themselves with Romo in the press box for CBS and Elliott at home serving his six-game suspension for domestic violence.

The part that really makes you think is that the Cowboys still have quarterback Dak Prescott, the guy who they replaced Romo with after his stellar rookie season. No one expects him to be an elite NFL quarterback after just a year and a half, but this stat helps to show how far he has to go. Without Elliott, he hasn’t looked at all like the guy who won the offensive rookie of the year award in 2016. In the last three games, all losses, he’s thrown for 5 interceptions and zero touchdowns.

What is the lone win? It’s the 2015 matchup with the Redskins, who the Cowboys face this week. In that 19-16 win, quarterback Matt Cassel threw for 223 yards without a touchdown or a pick, while running back Darren McFadden – who retired on Tuesday – ran for 53 yards and a score on 14 carries.

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