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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Ezekiel Elliott’s importance to the Dallas Cowboys was on full display Sunday, and he did not even play.

For the first time in his career, Elliott was healthy and did not dress for a game. The Cowboys did not even want him going through pregame warmups. At least in 2016, when the Cowboys had home-field advantage wrapped up, Elliott was able to wear his uniform and sit on the bench for four quarters.

On Sunday, Elliott was in a blue sweat suit.

And the Cowboys won anyway, beating the New York Giants 36-35.

Now a rested Elliott will lead Dallas against Seattle in the wild-card round on Saturday. He ran for 127 yards on 16 carries during the Cowboys’ Week 3 loss in Seattle, but he also lost a fumble. The Cowboys are looking to advance to the divisional round of the playoffs for the first time since 2014, and they’ll be facing a Seahawks team that was middle of the pack in rushing defense.

Elliott still kept busy Sunday. He ran the pregame huddle, bouncing around his teammates, pumping them up. On the sidelines, he was talking to his fellow running backs. When Rod Smith bulled his way in for a 1-yard touchdown, Elliott met him with a leaping high-five.

Ezekiel Elliott won’t be wearing a sweatsuit when the Cowboys host the Seahawks. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire
“Each and every drive I was coming to the sideline and he had something to say. Or as I’m going back out there, [he was] encouraging us,” Dak Prescott said. “But he was definitely locked in. That’s what you need from your running back and a leader of the team.”

By sitting Elliott, the Cowboys showed just how important he will be to their playoff success.

“We all know the leading rusher in the NFL is an important player,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “But he’s also had more touches. Maybe the guy we played [Saquon Barkley] might’ve been right there with him, but [Elliott] had more touches than anybody I’ve ever been around as far as 15 games. This was real similar to his rookie year when he didn’t play in the last regular-season game when he led the league in rushing that year either.

“I think it will help him, think it’ll be a little jolt for him feeling refreshed going into next week’s game.”

In a league dominated by passing, the Cowboys will look to win the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl in an old-school manner: the running game and defense.

Elliott won his second rushing title in three seasons on Sunday without taking a snap. He finished the year with 304 carries for 1,434 yards. As a rookie in 2016, he had 1,631 yards in 15 games to win the rushing title.

The last team to win a Super Bowl with the rushing champion was the 1998 Denver Broncos when Terrell Davis ran for 2,008 yards. In the Cowboys’ three Super Bowl wins in the 1990s, Emmitt Smith was the rushing champ in 1992, 1993 and 1995.

“We ask him to do a lot of things,” wide receiver Cole Beasley said. “We play through him. He’s our playmaker, so they obviously want to get him as many touches as possible.”

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In the 15 games Elliott played, he accounted for 39.4 percent of the Cowboys’ scrimmage yards, 2,001 of the 5,082 yards, the highest percentage of any player in the league. Through the first 15 weeks, David Johnson of the Cardinals was second at 35.9 percent.

Since selecting Elliott fourth overall in 2016, the Cowboys have not hid their desire to get him the ball. A lot.

In three seasons, he has 5,247 yards from scrimmage. He is only the fourth player in league history to eclipse more than 1,900 scrimmage yards in two of his first three seasons. Eric Dickerson (1983-84), Edgerrin James (1999-2000) and LaDainian Tomlinson (2002-03) are the only others to have done it twice.

Elliott missed six games in 2017 because of a suspension but would have had more than 2,000 scrimmage yards based on his totals through 10 games.

“They drafted me the No. 4 overall pick and I’d like to think that I’ve fulfilled all the expectations that they’ve expected of me,” Elliott said.

This season, Elliott became a bigger part of the passing game partly because he had to with the release of Dez Bryant and the retirement of Jason Witten. His 77 catches are the most by a running back in a season in franchise history. He entered the year with 58 catches in 25 games. He matched his career total with three touchdown receptions this season.

“I’ll never say somebody can replace Witt or what Witt meant, obviously. But just having [Elliott] in your back pocket, knowing you’re in trouble, knowing a blitz is coming or something like that, you got a back you can get it out to or no telling when he gets it, what he might to do with it,” Prescott said. “That serves this offense so much and keeps us ahead of the chains.”

Twice this season Elliott had games with more than 200 scrimmage yards. His four games of at least 200 scrimmage yards are tied for the most in team history with Smith and DeMarco Murray.

“I don’t know anybody who’s better with the ball in his hands,” Beasley said of Elliott.

The Cowboys took the ball out of Elliott’s hands against the Giants.

That won’t be the case in the playoffs.

The Cowboys’ road to Super Bowl LIII will have to be paved by Elliott.

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METAIRIE, La. — Remember when New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz was still an unproven commodity?

Remember when the Saints burned through 11 kickers in 11 years under coach Sean Payton?

Both seem to be things of the past now, after Lutz capped a strong sophomore season with two huge playoff kicks.

Lutz’s 43-yard field goal that put the Saints ahead of the Minnesota Vikings with 25 seconds remaining last week was especially clutch — before, you know, the thing that happened with Stefon Diggs and the “Minnesota Miracle.”
Wil Lutz connected on 86.1 percent of his field goal attempts this past season. Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire
As Saints punter/holder Thomas Morstead told Lutz after the game, “We didn’t win, but that was a game winner.”

“Yeah, it probably would have been the most important kick of my career,” Lutz said. “But in our position, you treat every kick the same. So I wasn’t looking at it like that at the time of the kick.

“Of course, looking back on that, I’ll carry it into the offseason and know we finished on a note like that, personally. Obviously, it would have been nice to have been the game winner and get the chance to go to the NFC Championship Game. But I think it’ll be something to grow on and just knowing that I can handle that situation without budging.”

Did Lutz do what he said? Did he treat it just like “any other kick” when he was in that moment?

“Yeah, everything felt the same,” Lutz said. “I knew there was still time on the clock. So I knew it wasn’t like a walk-off kick. I think I managed to keep my heart rate low that whole last drive, and I think that’s the important part of those situations. So, yeah, everything felt good. It felt like a normal kick.”

Morstead said the kick was a “no-doubter” and “cool just to be a part of that.”

“And he’ll draw on that in the future, even though it didn’t end up being the iconic kick that it could’ve been,” said Morstead, who also credited first-year long-snapper Zach Wood.

Lutz also tied his career high with a 57-yard field goal a week earlier in the Saints’ playoff win over the Carolina Panthers (though he missed a 58-yard attempt wide left in the first half against Minnesota).

Lutz, 23, didn’t have a perfect season in 2017, when he made 31 of 36 field goal attempts and 47 of 50 extra point attempts in the regular season. He would be the first to tell you that.

“It wasn’t a great season by any means. There’s about five kicks I’d like to have back,” Lutz said. “But it’s definitely a step up from last year. And every year you try to take a step up from the year before. So I think we got a good stepping stone going into next year, and hopefully we can build off it.”
More importantly, the Saints clearly have a young kicker they feel they can build on after trying in vain to find stability at the position for more than a decade: from John Carney to Billy Cundiff to Olindo Mare to Martin Gramatica to Taylor Mehlhaff to Garrett Hartley to Carney again to Hartley again to John Kasay to Hartley again to Shayne Graham to Zach Hocker to Kai Forbath to Lutz.

Payton put his faith in Lutz during Week 1 of the 2016 season, after Lutz was cut by the Baltimore Ravens and came to New Orleans for what Payton called “probably the best kicking workout I’ve ever seen.”

Lutz hit a few bumps in the road early in his rookie season, including a few low kicks. He eventually settled in and ran virtually unchallenged to keep the job the past offseason.

It’s hard to imagine anything that will keep Lutz from being locked in as the kicker again next season — with hopes of another “step up” and even bigger kicks to come.

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings will stick with Case Keenum at quarterback when they host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, coach Mike Zimmer announced Wednesday.

Keenum, who spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Rams, led Minnesota to a 38-30 victory at Washington in Week 10, throwing for 304 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Zimmer said it wasn’t a difficult choice to go with Keenum. He said his performance on Sunday was “part of” why the team is sticking with him as quarterback.

The decision to ride out the momentum with Keenum for another week delays the return of Teddy Bridgewater, who was activated to the 53-man roster last week. Bridgewater injured his left knee in August 2016 and hasn’t played in a game since; he will continue to serve as Keenum’s backup in Week 11.

Zimmer said the quarterback is healthy enough to play, otherwise he wouldn’t dress in uniform.

Keenum is 5-2 in his starts for the Vikings and has Minnesota riding a five-game winning streak.

Keenum has the NFL’s third-best Total QBR (72.6), behind injured Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and the Cowboys’ Dak Prescott. In Sam Bradford’s absence, Keenum has orchestrated a Vikings passing attack that ranks 12th in the NFL with 245.8 yards per game.

Minnesota is in first place in the NFC North at 7-2 and faces off with Los Angeles (7-2) in a game with playoff implications. Keenum will go head-to-head with Jared Goff, the former No. 1 overall pick who replaced him as Rams starter in November 2016 after Keenum went 4-5 to begin the season. The Rams lost their remaining seven games after the switch.

“He’s a great dude,” Keenum said of Goff. “We’ve kept up throughout the season, obviously a lot of congratulatory texts between the two of us. I think one of my friends said it, ‘Just like everybody predicted. Case Keenum with the 7-2 Minnesota Vikings going up against the 7-2 Rams.’ I’m excited. I really am. He’s a great player. He’s playing really well. I’m excited for him.”

This season paints a different picture. Both quarterbacks boast the most improved QBRs from last year to now, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Goff is at the helm of an offense that is on pace to lead the league in scoring after finishing last in points last year.

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Stevan Ridley was at home in Mississippi, spending time with family and preparing for hunting season, when the Minnesota Vikings invited him this week to work out for their unexpected opening at running back.
Rookie star Dalvin Cook went down with a torn ACL in his left knee , an injury that Ridley knows all too well.

It’s also the type of adverse and sudden development that Ridley was resigned to watching for around the league, as a free agent without a team.
“I was just down there really trying to hold on and stay in shape to the best of my abilities,” Ridley said, “and just hoping that that call came through and the door would swing open somewhere.”
The opening came on Sunday, when Cook tried to cut to dodge a Detroit defender and dash further up the field . He fumbled the ball and crumpled to the turf, his first NFL season reduced to just a tease with 444 total yards and two touchdowns in four games.
The Vikings have experience and skill-set variety with Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon, but they’ll likely need more than those two to help share the load in Cook’s absence. They worked out Ridley on Wednesday and signed him on Thursday, when they placed Cook on injured reserve.
“I’ve got a lot to learn in a little bit of time,” Ridley said. “Get in here and try to find a role with the team and help these guys contribute.”
Ridley was a third-round draft pick by New England out of LSU in 2011. He has 2,914 yards on 688 carries for three teams, for an average of 4.2 yards per attempt. He rushed for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Patriots in 2012.
Then came the fateful game on Oct. 12, 2014, four weeks after he rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries against coach Mike Zimmer and the Vikings, when his right knee buckled, resulting in ACL and MCL tears.
He joined the New York Jets in 2015 and appeared in one game with the Atlanta Falcons last season. Ridley was in training camp with Denver this year, but the Broncos released him during the final cuts before the regular season.
So here he is at age 28, past the prime years at this wearing position, hoping to catch on and carve out a late-career niche with another new team.
“It’s been tough, man. It’s been a lot of ups and downs, a lot of different stops. A lot of hoping and praying that things work out,” Ridley said .
“You never really know what’s going to be the last play or when’s going to be the next play. So this call came unexpected and the stop before this was kind of unexpected, so being in the NFL you really never know.”
Ridley, who also tore his ACL once in college, ought to at least be able to provide some advice and encouragement for Cook as he gets to know his new teammate in between cram sessions with offensive co-ordinator Pat Shurmur’s playbook.
“It’s a challenge going forward, and you have to really just prepare yourself and know that there’s going to be days that it’s terrible, but you can get through it, you can push through it,” Ridley said.
How about now, almost three years later?
“Honestly, I really don’t even feel it. A lot of times I refer to it as my bad knee, but truly it’s really your stronger leg,” Ridley said. “If you really follow the process or you rehab the way you’re supposed to, you don’t really notice it.”
For now, Ridley will try to catch up while Murray carries the load and McKinnon adds his unique skills to the mix. Murray has seen only limited action to date, because of ankle surgery in March.
“It’s always good when you have a Pro Bowler coming in. He’s really starting to come into his own,” tight end Kyle Rudolph said. “Obviously he missed a lot this off-season with the injury, but he’s had time to get comfortable, and he’s ready to roll.”