Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott is coming off of his best game of the 2020 season against the rival Philadelphia Eagles. The two-time rushing champion posted a season-high 105 yards, but more importantly, showed the power and burst we’ve all become accustomed to.
The Cowboys now find themselves in a position to make the playoffs with a win this Sunday against the New York Giants coupled with the Washington Football Team losing to the Eagles. America’s Team was expected to be much better than their 6-9 record, but a laundry list of injuries made that extremely difficult. However, Elliott’s mindset is simply getting into the playoffs no matter what.
“A win is a win. No matter how you get there, a win is a win,” Elliott said. “I mean, if we win the division at 7-9, I mean, it’s the same as winning it at 14-2. You go into the playoffs with a 0-0 record, so I mean, winning the division, it doesn’t matter what the record is. If you win it, you win it.”
Elliott has been adamant for weeks that the Dallas Cowboys were not out of the NFC East race. Now, with the Cowboys on a three-game winning streak, Elliott credits the never say die attitude of himself and his teammates.
“After the [first Philadelphia game on Nov. 1], I’m saying, ‘We’re still in it.’ You guys are like, ‘Yeah, right.’ I can just hear it in your tone of voice,” Elliott said, via ESPN. “And now we’re here, Week 17, and we’re right there in the mix. It just definitely means a lot. It shows the type of men we have in this locker room, just for us not to give up when everyone else was and put ourselves in position to still have a shot at winning the NFC East.”
Despite only having two 100-yard games in 2020, Elliott is just 63 yards away from his fourth 1,000-yard performance in his first five seasons. While that would be an amazing accomplishment, Elliott isn’t focused on it.
“To get 1,000 yards, it would mean a lot,” Elliott said, via the team’s website. “I’m not really worried about it. I want to win this football game and get a shot in the playoffs. But I mean, getting 1,000 yards in this league, it’s not easy. It’s definitely not easy. And it is an accomplishment, but it’s not really something I’m focused on.”
If the Cowboys are to pull off their third division title in the last five seasons they’ll need Elliott to continue his momentum from Week 16.
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