What We Learned From NFL Week 4

    Ezekiel Elliott is an MVP contender

    The Cowboys werent supposed to be that good this season. Dak Prescott hasnt been that breakthrough passer they hoped for. But as long as Zeke Elliott is in the backfield, Dallas always has a chance to win. The more they feed Zeke, the better the offense will be.  

    Elliott’s 240 yards from scrimmage in a tough 26-24 win over Detroit on Sunday were a career best, he had 152 on the ground and 88 through the air. 

    He had 29 touches after entering the game averaging 19.7 this season. 

    Dallas Cowboys on Twitter

    @EzekielElliott to the 38yd run for the #DallasCowboys score! #DETvsDAL RT if you want to keep seeing this #CowboysNation https://t.co/V5P8kx2nvC

    Elliott also continues his rise up the Dallas Cowboys rushing list and hes just three years into a career that was robbed of six games by the NFL last season. 

    Dallas Cowboys on Twitter

    @EzekielElliott becomes the 11th player in franchise history to reach 3,000 career rushing yards! #DallasCowboys https://t.co/3XfsVQ0rR6

    Dallas is 2-2 and sitting in second place behind 2-1 Washington in a log jammed NFC East. With a dearth of offensive weapons and Prescott still finding his way, Dallas success will largely be based on the effectiveness of their All-Pro running back and potential MVP candidate. 

    This season might be the first time since 2013 that Pittsburgh Steelers don’t reach double digit wins.

    After an offseason and preseason filled with player drama and a media focus on LeVeon Bells absence, the Steelers have stumbled out the box to a 1-2-1 record and currently sit in last place in the AFC North. 

    Pittsburgh Steelers on Twitter

    LIVE: Coach Tomlin addresses the media following tonight’s game vs. the Ravens. https://t.co/fROzdcQc2s

    To put this in perspective, the Steelers have only finished in last place twice since 1969.

    Under the consistent leadership of HC Mike Tomlin, the Steelers won 34  games in the last three seasons. With two losses already, they have just one less loss than they did in all of 2017 when Tomlin posted a career-high 13-3 record. Its not quite panic time, but the Steelers will be lucky to win double-digit games this season. 

    On Sunday, they didn’t have enough of these moments in a 26-14 loss to the Ravens. 

    Pittsburgh Steelers on Twitter

    Oh… and @VMcDonald89 is very, very strong. (@chrishemsworth would be proud.) https://t.co/NstK5IB2E4

    Earl Thomas and Lil’ Wayne Give Everybody The Finger  

    Weezy F Babys long-awaited Carter 5 album hit the streets with an energy that was four years in the making and is currently breaking football numbers on Spotify

    The Shadow League on Twitter

    LeBron James bumping Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Mona Lisa’ track from the #CarterV. https://t.co/kmgzFo6iY0

     Many people doubted Waynes ability to come back with a project of substance after years of legal battles and personal struggles, but the wordplay is still there. The Carter V is an audio middle finger to his haters and doubters. 

    Lil Wayne WEEZY F on Twitter

    https://t.co/3k1MCGllSa

    If only the Seattle Seahawks loved Earl Thomas as much as Wayne’s fans. 

    While Wayne did it metaphorically, the Seattle safety Earl Thomas literally gave the Seattle Seahawks sidelines the finger after suffering a lower leg fracture putting him on the shelf for the rest of the season. 

    SportsCenter on Twitter

    Earl Thomas appeared to give the middle finger in the direction of Seattle’s sideline after fracturing his leg on Sunday. https://t.co/d9Dr8zbsP9

    After holding out in training camp, Thomas reluctantly joined the team, without a new contract. He let it be known however, that he was not happy about it on social media, saying that “the disrespect (by Seattle front office) is well noted and will not be forgotten.”

    When Thomas went down it was a classic example of the very reason why he wanted to secure a long-term deal, because football is a sport where careers end at the drop of a dime. As he was carted off, Thomas looked over at the Seahawks sideline and flipped them the bird. Theres no ligament damage so Thomas will be back next season, but his career could have ended right there and Thomas delivered a message that was easily decipherable with no chaser. 

    JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.