Ezekiel Elliott is in position to secure his second NFL rushing title in only his third NFL season. The Dallas Cowboys running back indicated this week that, while such a remarkable individual achievement would be nice, he has far loftier goals in mind.
The Cowboys (8-5) are firmly in control of the NFC East with three games to play and appear poised to notch their third division title in five years. Elliott wants the Cowboys to keep the momentum created by a five-game winning streak going down the final stretch. If he wins the rushing title in the process? So much the better.
“I would say that’s important to me,’’ Elliott said of being the NFL’s leading rusher, via The Dallas Morning News. “Yeah, it would be cool.
“But I want to go out here and win ballgames. I want to make a run deep into the playoffs. I want to have an opportunity to compete for a Super Bowl, so I mean, I’m just going to keep working and whatever happens, happens.
“You’ve got to let things like that handle themselves and things will work out.’’
Elliott sits atop the NFL rushing list with 1,262 yards. The Rams’ Todd Gurley is second with 1,203 yards and Giants rookie Saquon Barkley presently occupies the third spot with 1,124 yards.
Elliott was relayed the story about how the Rams sitting Gurley for the final game of the season prevented him from winning the rushing title. Elliott does not believe he’ll suffer the same fate.
“I think he was in a different position last year,’’ Elliott said of Gurley. “I think they sat him in the (final) game and he didn’t end up winning.
“I don’t think I’ll be sitting these next couple of games.’’
The Cowboys face the Colts on the road, Buccaneers at home and close out the season with a showdown with the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Elliott may very well own the rushing title when it’s all said and done. Either way, he’s nevertheless keeping his eye on the bigger prize.