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Rushing title ‘would be cool’ but Ezekiel Elliott focused on bigger goals

Of course, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott would like to win the NFL rushing title, which would be his second in three years in the league.

He won as a rookie in 2016 with 1,631 yards and would have likely won last year if not for a six-game suspension. He still led the league in yards per game.

This season he’s carried the ball 268 times for 1,262 yards with three games to go. But his focus for the remainder of the season is bigger than an individual award.

“I would say that’s important to me,” Elliott said. “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.”

The Cowboys (8-5) are riding a five-game winning streak into Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts and need just one win to clinch the NFC East title.

Elliott has a good shot to win the rushing title because the Cowboys will need to ride him to victory against the Colts and continue using him as they hope to pursue better playoff positioning in the final two games.

In addition to leading the league in rushing, Elliott is tops in the NFL with 1,764 total scrimmage yards (1,262 rush; 502 receiving), making up 37 percent of the Cowboys offensive output.

He also leads the Cowboys with a career-high 65 receptions and his total touches for 323 is just 31 shy of career high attempts and catches set as a rookie in 2016.

Elliott said he is ready to continue carrying the load, despite suffering a stinger in last Sunday’s 29-23 overtime victory against the Philadelphia Eagles when he had a career-high 40 touches.

He said he is willing to do whatever it takes as his and the team’s mindset against the Colts is the same as it been during the winning streak with no extra focus on clinching the division title.

“We definitely have that in the back of our minds,” Elliott said. “But in the forefront of your minds is to attack with the same mentality, back against the wall and continue to build on what we have built this season and continue to get better.”

Clarence E. Hill Jr. :@clarencehilljr
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