Ezekiel Elliott: It’s ‘absolutely mandatory’ Cowboys beat Redskins

Ezekiel Elliott: It’s ‘absolutely mandatory’ Cowboys beat Redskins

No one expected the Cowboys to lay a 40-7 beating on the Jaguars in Week 6. But according to Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott, that crucial win is meaningless if the Cowboys don’t keep rolling against NFC East rival Washington this Sunday.

Dallas (3-3) has had trouble on the road losing all three of its games away from AT&T Stadium. Elliott said that trend must end at FedExField in Week 7, as a win could put Dallas alone in first place in the division.

“I think it’s absolutely mandatory that we (win on the road),” Elliott said (via Star-Telegram.com). “That’s our focus this week is going into this game, having great communication and starting fast, putting points on the board.”

Elliott’s production on the road this season mirrors the struggles endured by the entire team. He averages nearly 30 fewer rushing yards per game and has just one touchdown, compared to three at home.

History, however, shows Dallas is in good shape heading into the week. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is 4-0 against Washington and has more rushing touchdowns (five) against the Redskins than any other opponent, including two at Washington last season in a game in which he rushed for 150 yards on 33 carries.

This rivalry matchup is set for 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday.