Ezekiel Elliott set the Cowboys' record for most rushing yards in a season by a rookie in a win against the Baltimore Ravens. Dan Bailey set the team record for the most made field goals. The Cowboys recorded 417 yards on offense, tying the 2007 New England Patriots and 2013 Denver Broncos for the longest single-season streak of 400-yard games in NFL history.
The 27-17 win against the Ravens also was the ninth straight for the Cowboys, establishing a team record.
“We’re not going to spend a lot of time on that, to be honest with you,” coach Jason Garrett said of the winning streak.
He cited the importance of putting the win to the side quickly with the Cowboys playing the Washington Redskins on Thursday, but there is an even more important reason to move on quickly from the win.cheap jerseys free shipping
It has to do with the New York Giants and Washington.
As good as things have gone for the Cowboys since losing their season opener to the Giants, they have not been able to create much separation in the NFC East. They have a two-game lead over the 7-3 Giants but have a Dec. 11 date with them at MetLife Stadium that could go a long way in determining the division winner.
After the Cowboys’ winning streak, the Giants and Miami Dolphins have the second-longest streak in the league at five in a row.
The mood in the Cowboys’ locker room after the game was not overly celebratory. Maybe that had to do with the quick turnaround more than the big-picture view of the standings.
“It’s hard to win,” Garrett said. “There’s no question about that. We talked to our team about that afterwards. It’s hard to win every week in the National Football League. You have to earn it with your preparation. You have to earn it on Sunday afternoon. You have to earn it for three hours.”wholesale jerseys from china
A year ago the NFC East had a hard time finding a team worthy of a .500 record. This year the second- and third-place teams have the third- and fourth-best records in the conference.
With a loss Thursday to the Redskins, the Cowboys could see their lead in the division down to one game with the Giants playing the winless Cleveland Browns this Sunday. If the Cowboys lose on Dec. 1 to the Minnesota Vikings, they could find themselves in a tie for the division lead with four games to play if the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Cowboys do not play a team with a losing record at the moment the rest of the season. The combined record of their opponents is 35-24-1. The Giants’ biggest advantage is playing the winless Browns, but their final six opponents are a combined 31-29-1. Washington has only three games against teams with a winning record.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn’t think his team would be in this position when the season started. Not with starting quarterback Tony Romo out with a compression fracture in his back. Not with the questions they had on defense. Even with the best record in the NFL, Jones will not allow him to say the words “super” and “bowl” in succession, but the winning streak has offered hope.wholesale nfl jerseys
“One of the really wonderful things about football, and I’m asked every day, ‘What can I say for my child to play football?’ [and] one of the things you do is keep hope alive,” Jones said. “Just in this game or in these team circumstances, you never know when you are right around the corner form possibly going to the moon. That is the great thing about our game. That and the fact it takes so many to play it. When it gets going, when the unexpected happens, it just really motivates an awful lot of people. And this team is playing above its pay grade.”
A successful season by many Cowboys fans is defined by the five Super Bowl trophies that reside in the lobby of The Star, the team’s new practice facility, not a nine-game winning streak in the regular season.cheap nfl jerseys
“It’s great,” Jason Witten said of the winning streak, “but they don’t hang banners after 10 weeks. It’s a testament to this team and the closeness of it and how we work, and that’s really going back a long ways. But we’ve got to continue to play that way moving forward in all three phases.”
If the Cowboys don’t continue earning it, as Garrett said, they have some division foes seemingly ready to take it from them.