It had been so long that Ezekiel Elliott couldn’t remember the last time the Dallas Cowboys won a game.
Forty-two days might have seemed like 42 years to Elliott and the rest of the Cowboys, considering all that had gone wrong before beating the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 on Sunday.
The Cowboys snapped a four-game losing streak, won a road game for the first time this season and put themselves in the NFC East race with six games to play, even with a 3-7 record.
“We never thought we were out of it,” Elliott said. “Our division’s been struggling this year. We’re right where we need to be with what’s been going on with the division. We’ve got to build on this success, so we can’t come out on a short week and take a step back against a division opponent. We’ve got to make sure we build on the success and keep getting better.”
The Cowboys’ season took a drastic turn on the day they beat the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium on Oct. 11, when Dak Prescott suffered a dislocation and compound fracture of his right ankle. Andy Dalton started two games as Prescott’s replacement before getting hurt, and he was followed by Ben DiNucci for a game and Garrett Gilbert for one more.