Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott claimed his team is where it needs to be after Dallas claimed a big road victory over the in-form Minnesota Vikings to snap a four-game losing streak and get back right into the contention for the spot spot of the NFC East Division.
The Vikings, who entered Week 1 on a three-game winning streak, wanted to continue their good form this past Sunday but the visitors from Dallas had other plans as they beat the hosts 31-28. The Philadelphia Eagles hold the top spot of the NFC East Division with a 3-6-1 record, while the Cowboys, New York Giants and Washington Football Team each own a 3-7 record.
"We never thought we were out of it," Elliott said, per ESPN. "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."
Elliott says the team trusts Andy Dalton
With 1:37 left to play in the fourth quarter, Cowboys quarterback Dalton found tight end Dalton Schultz in the end zone for what turned out to be a game-winning touchdown.
"Andy's a guy that's played a lot of ball," Elliott said. "He's a vet. I think he's in Year 10. He's been in that moment a bunch of times. We trust him. ... He was definitely clutch and came up big at the end."
The Cowboys won't have much time to rest as this Thursday -- on Thanksgiving -- they will host the division rivals, Washington Football Team. "There's a lot of football left to be played," Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said.
"You have to play your best football in November and December, so obviously with the state of our division, that focus is ours. We need to win Thursday, and this will be our first opportunity to really stack success, and that's the key to where we are as a team.
All three phases played well. This is clearly the most rounded performance, victory we've had this year. It took us a little longer to get here, but I clearly think the journey will make us stronger. "We need to do something with this win. It needs to mean something."