After losing three straight for the second time this season, the Dallas Cowboys finally came to life on Sunday. In a match-up against the reigning NFC champion Los Angeles Rams, the Cowboys showed off a dominating performance winning 44-21.
Leading up to the NFC bout, the Rams were playing their best football of the season as they were coming off a win against the NFC’s #1 seed Seattle Seahawks. The Cowboys on the other hand were in the middle of a devastating losing streak. Still, even with the odds against them, Dallas managed to win with ease.
The Cowboys’ rushing attack is what ultimately set the tone for the game. Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott carried the ball 24 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns. The All Pro’s performance ended his five game drought of less with 100 rushing yards. In addition, the running back became only the third in Cowboys history to eclipse 100+ rushing yards in 25 games.
Elliott was not the only back to feast during Sunday’s game. Cowboys’ second string running back Tony Pollard also got in on the fun, having his best game of the season. The rookie rushed 12 times for an NFL career high of 131 rushing yards and a touchdown.
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In a post game interview, Pollard showed his gratitude towards lead back Elliott. He explained, “[Elliott] has been like a big brother to me since I got here. Just taking me under his wing and showing me, teaching me things that I didn’t know at first. He’s done a great job of that.”
With a total of 45 rushes for 263 yards and three touchdowns, the Cowboys rushed for a season high against the Rams. For the second time this season, the running back duo of Elliott and Pollard each surpassed 100 rushing yards in a game.
After the win against the Rams, the Cowboys stay atop the NFC East. The team will have their chance to clinch the fourth seed in the NFC playoff picture with a win over the division rival Eagles on Sunday.
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