ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The spotlight will be on the running backs this Sunday night when Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys take on current rushing leader Dalvin Cook and the Minnesota Vikings.
The 5-3 Cowboys will look to keep themselves in the playoff hunt in a stacked NFC division by getting a win over a Vikings team that’s currently in the Wild Card hunt. It’s going to be a matchup of top running games between the two NFC teams.
Two months after becoming the highest-paid back by ending a preseason-long holdout and signing a $90 million extension, Elliott is sixth in the rushing race with 741 yards, 153 behind Cook in one fewer game.
Elliott is also on one of his best rolls, looking to match a career best with a fourth straight 100-yard game at home against the Vikings on Sunday night, the third straight prime-time game for the Cowboys.
“I think there have been running backs that have played better this year,” Elliott said.
And that suggestion doesn’t bother a two-time Pro Bowler who was an All-Pro as a rookie in 2016.