Heading into Thursday’s Thanksgiving game with the New York Giants, Pollard was aiming to bolster his dynamic performance against the Minnesota Vikings. After all, Dallas drove fast in six of 10 games before Turkey Day.
Instead, it was Elliott who led the combined field in Thursday’s 28-20 win over New York (7-4), turning in one of his best performances since last season to help Dallas (8-3) clinch a three-game lead. losing streak Thanksgiving. The holiday allowed Elliott to cuddle up with his “Feed Me!” approach, as he led all players with 92 rushing yards and a touchdown despite having fewer yards (16) than Pollard (18).
“I think it was a combination of everything,” Elliott said. “We had a great plan…the offensive line did a hell of a job executing the plan.”
Elliott has had no problem getting into the end zone this season, especially lately. He now has at least one touchdown in four straight games. However, it was hard to get space to run. But Elliott’s 95 rushing yards was the most rushing yards he had in a game since his Week 5 win against the Giants last season, as his 110 yards in that game marked the last time he reached more than 100 yards on the ground.
But Elliott clearly doesn’t let a sweeping season for the Giants and a strong singles day get in the way of primary focus.
“Right now, we’re two games behind the Eagles,” Elliott said. “Today has definitely helped us take one step forward in trying to challenge for the division title but we still have a lot of work to do.”
Elliott found ample room to work on outside touchdown runs, including a 22-yard short field run in the first quarter that helped set up his six-yard touchdown run twice later to give Dallas a 7-3 lead.
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He even bested Giants’ star rushing running back Saquon Barkley 95-39, who is still the second-highest running back (953) in the NFL after Thursday.
It’s no secret that Elliott is no top-flight workhorse back when he entered the league in 2016, but he has continued to shine in his goal-line role and short-range role alongside Pollard this season.
Ninety-five yards may not be an impressive rushing total in the offseason for a return to Elliott’s name recognition, but the Cowboys will need him badly going into the final stretch of the regular season and, hopefully, into the playoffs.
Dallas will host the Indianapolis Colts (4-6-1) on Sunday, December 4.
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