Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ellliott, Perhaps Playing Last Game for a While, Leads Cowboys over Redskins

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ellliott, Perhaps Playing Last Game for a While, Leads Cowboys over Redskins

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LANDOVER, Md. * After letting the ball slip out of his hands on his first carry, Ezekiel Elliott was determined not to let his Dallas Cowboys teammates down again.

He didn't. Elliott bounced back from his fumble to run for 150 yards and two touchdowns as the Cowboys took advantage of a blocked field goal and three turnovers to beat the Washington Redskins 33-19 in a wet, sloppy game Sunday to move into sole possession of second place in the NFC East.

"We always talk about when you got that ball in your hands, that's the team, so you've got to protect it," Elliott said. "I had to do something."

Playing in a driving rainstorm that made it difficult to hold onto the ball, let alone throw it, Dak Prescott completed 14 of his 22 passes for 143 yards as Dallas (4-3) heeded the message on Elliott's cleats to "Feed Zeke." With another hearing on his NFL suspension coming Monday, Elliott carried the ball 33 times, scored twice for the second consecutive game and surpassed 100 yards for the third time in a row.

"He's hard enough (to stop) when you have holes filled, let alone when you're giving him a clear running lane," Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. "It is never going to be easy."

Elliott, who is from Alton and went to high school at John Burroughs, said that during the game he didn't think about his pending hearing, which could determine if he's suspended for the next six games . The league has been trying to keep him off the field as a result of a yearlong NFL investigation that found he had multiple physical confrontations in 2016 with his girlfriend at the time.

"I think we're confident in our argument," said Elliott, who will attend the hearing. "We're confident I'll be on the field for the rest of the year."

Multiple legal maneuvers have kept the suspension from being enforced.

"We need him, but what is important is that he gets a fair shake," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. …

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