Ezekiel Elliott says Sunday night game vs. Eagles is 'must-win' for Cowboys

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Monday night’s bad loss to the Tennessee Titans has put the Dallas Cowboys in a bad spot, and they know it.

The Cowboys are 3-5. They travel to face the Philadelphia Eagles on “Sunday Night Football” this week, and running back Ezekiel Elliott is viewing it as a make-or-break game to the Cowboys’ season. That game can be livestreamed on the Yahoo Sports mobile app

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“One hundred percent, yeah it’s a must-win,” Elliott said this week, via David Helman of the Cowboys’ site. “Being a division game, that makes it that much more important.”

It’s just Week 10, but Elliott probably isn’t wrong.

Cowboys can’t afford many more losses

The Titans loss was a tough one just because the Cowboys probably should have beat the 3-4 Titans at home. Instead of being 4-4 on the fringes of what looks like a very tough NFC wild-card race, they’re 3-5 and need to get on a big roll.

Given how many teams could be in the NFC wild-card hunt, it seems it will take 10 wins to be in that mix. That means the Cowboys would have to go 6-2. If the Cowboys drop a tough game to the Eagles, who are technically in the wild-card race now because they’re behind the Washington Redskins in the NFC East … well, it gets really daunting for Dallas.

Every game, to some extent, is must-win in the NFL. There are only 16 games and the margin between the teams is relatively thin. It’s probably more true for the Cowboys this week though.

Dallas has tough task at Philadelphia

The Cowboys didn’t act like a team that thought its playoff chances were slim at the trade deadline, when they sent the Oakland Raiders a first-round pick for receiver Amari Cooper. Don’t forget that every Cowboys loss makes that pick even better for the Raiders.

It’s a tough road. The schedule isn’t easy, starting with the Eagles game this week. The offense has been pretty mediocre, and Cooper won’t fix all of the issues. Linebacker Sean Lee, who is supremely valuable to the defense but rarely healthy, will miss multiple weeks with a hamstring injury suffered on Monday night.

The Cowboys can’t worry about the position they’re in or what’s to come over the final weeks of the season. The focus has to be on getting one win at a time. Because if the Cowboys can’t win at the Eagles on Sunday, then it might seem like their season really is over.

The Dallas Cowboys, led by quarterback Dak Prescott (4) and running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) have a tough task on Sunday. (AP)
The Dallas Cowboys, led by quarterback Dak Prescott (4) and running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) have a tough task on Sunday. (AP)

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