The Dallas Cowboys picked up a much needed win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday and despite the disappointing season they have had thus far the victory, only their third of the season, put them right back in the race for the division lead in the NFC East.
The Cowboys have been fortunate in that their division rivals have also had their own share of struggles this season with the Washington Football Team, the New York Giants, and the Philadelphia Eagles all sitting at 3 wins a piece and with a divisional matchup ahead of them on Thursday against Washington they have a very real opportunity to make waves in that division.
Although the Cowboys schedule does not look down the stretch, including 3 matchups within their division from here on out, running back Ezekiel Elliott appeared quite confident when speaking to reporters following the team's upset victory over the Vikings.
"We never thought we were out of it," Elliott said. "Our division's been struggling this year. We're right where we need to be with what's been going on with the division. We've got to build on this success, so we can't come out on a short week and take a step back against a division opponent. We've got to make sure we build on the success and keep getting better."
There's a reason for the running back to be confident after he recorded his first 100+ yard game of this NFL season, especially when you consider that the Cowboys offense looked much better following a bye week and following the return of Andy Dalton. First round pick CeeDee Lamb also looked impressive against Minnesota, especially during the game's 2nd quarter when he made a ridiculous circus catch in the end zone to give the Cowboys the lead at that point in the game.
Elliott is no doubt also trying to inspire his teammates ahead of their game against Washington, who is also coming off a victory of their own this weekend. The team that will keep their win streak going will have gained a big advantage within the NFC East heading into the final games of the regular season.
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