FRISCO, Texas (TNS) — Ezekiel Elliott is feeling the benefits of not playing in the regular-season finale Sunday in New Jersey.
The 2018 NFL rushing champion said the pounding he takes during a game usually prevents him from feeling ready to play again until the following Friday or Saturday.
"But I'm ready to go right now," Elliott said after Tuesday's practice inside the Ford Center.
Elliott had a career-high 381 touches in 15 games this season. During a seven-game stretch from Week 10 to Week 16, he averaged 29 touches per game.
He's expected to get around that number in Saturday night's wild-card game against the Seattle Seahawks.
"I live for these moments," Elliott said. "I love it. I can't wait to go out there and compete Saturday night. I think this team is ready."
Elliott helped carry Ohio State to a national title in 2014 by putting up huge numbers in both playoff games. He rushed 20 times for 230 yards and two touchdowns against Alabama in the semifinal. He carried 36 times for 246 yards and four touchdowns in the national title game against Oregon.
In Elliott's only playoff game with the Cowboys, he rushed 22 times for 125 yards in a 34-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round. The Cowboys got off to a slow start offensively in that game, falling behind 21-3 midway through the second quarter.
Elliott says they're looking to get off to a better start this time around.
"We're feeling great," Elliott said. "I believe we have the best defense in football and a pretty damn good offense with a lot of weapons. I think we have the right recipe to make some noise.”