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during the game before combining with Dak Prescott on the decisive play for the Dallas Cowboys.The star running back had 25 carries and four catches on his way to a career-high 240 yards from scrimmage in a 26-24 win over Detroit on Sunday.That's what Elliott expected from the start of the season Womens Dak Prescott Jersey , rather than the 16-carry average he had through three games for a struggling offense. And he could tell the difference early."I'm beat up," the 2016 NFL rushing leader said. "In the first quarter, I knew what kind of game it was going to be."After plenty of physical runs among 152 yards on the ground, Elliott's finesse finished off the Lions (1-3). His 34-yard over-the-shoulder catch from Prescott on a rare go route from a running back set up Brett Maher's 38-yard field goal on the final play.Now, about that limping for the player most likely to be the league's leading rusher with 426 yards a quarter of the way through the season."A little bit of ankle, a little bit of knee," said Elliott, who had 88 yards receiving, with another highlight on a 38-yard touchdown on a screen in the first half. "Nothing big."Elliott's rushing and receiving totals were 7 yards shy of his career high in both categories. When he had 95 yards in catches against Pittsburgh as a rookie two years ago, 83 came on a dazzling dash up the sideline on a screen.While Elliott isn't likely to lead the team in receiving often, the formula was exactly what the Cowboys (2-2) had in mind with the offseason plan to replace tight end Jason Witten, who retired, and Dez Bryant, who was released in a cost-cutting move."He's dynamic, he's explosive," Lions coach Matt Patricia said. "He's obviously one of the better players on the team Youth Brett Maher Jersey , center-point of the team. We've got to do a better job of taking him away. Couldn't get it done."Things to consider after Elliott joined Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith and Herschel Walker as the only Dallas running backs with at least 150 yards rushing and 50 yards receiving in the same game:HOMETOWN TO HOME FIELDMatthew Stafford had another homecoming spoiled, his third straight loss at the home of the Cowboys despite a strong showing with 307 yards passing, two touchdowns and 131.5 rating. Now the Detroit quarterback takes the Lions home to face NFC North preseason favorite Green Bay on Sunday. "I've got to get out to a faster start, maybe snatch the lead a little bit earlier in the game and go from there," he said.MULTI-SACK SHOWDOWNDallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence tied his career high with three sacks and has 5陆 for the season. Houston's J.J. Watt had two sacks — his 23rd game with at least two — in a 37-34 overtime win at Indianapolis, the first victory of the season for the Texans. They will watch each other for the first time in the regular season Sunday. "I am basically trying to show the world that I am no one trick pony," said Lawrence, who tied for second in the NFL with 14陆 sacks last year.PRODUCTIVE TRIODetroit receivers Golden Tate, Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones had nearly 200 more yards receiving than the entire Dallas passing game coming in and kept up the strong production. Tate had 132 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches, Golladay 74 yards on four grabs and Jones 56 yards on three catches. "I like where our offense is right now as far as getting the ball to a lot of people," Tate said. "We've just got to continue to do that and figure out a way to win."SIGNS OF PROGRESSThe Cowboys had 414 yards in the best game of the season for a struggling offense. It was just the second time in 14 games going back to last season for Dallas to reach 400 yards. Prescott had 255 yards passing, his first 200-yard game this year and just the third in 12 games dating to 2017. "We have a great offense with a lot of potential," Prescott said. "This was a good step for us to take as a whole and as a unit execution wise for us to grow from." Tavon Austin never really had a fresh start with a new coach in Los Angeles because of a wrist injury that plagued him and a hamstring that popped before the last of five disappointing seasons with the Rams.The eighth overall pick in the 2013 draft believes the opportunity has arrived through a trade to the Dallas Cowboys and the health that Austin hoped would come with it. Having something to prove is nothing new for the 5-foot-8 hybrid receiver/returner/runner."There's always going to be a chip on my shoulder, No. 1 because I've always been small," Austin said. "I had the same thing coming out, when I went No. 8. So the chip's always going to be there regardless. But last year was a little hard Youth Maliek Collins Jersey , my injury and I didn't get a fair chance over there."At first, Austin really didn't know what to make of the draft-day deal that sent a sixth-round pick to LA. He had largely been a spectator when the Rams ended a 12-year playoff drought in the first season under offensive-minded coach Sean McVay.Austin's first conversation with owner Jerry Jones boosted his spirits, and he later told reporters he was close to a recovery from ligament damage in his left wrist. He hasn't missed a day at training camp as part of a revamped group of targets for quarterback Dak Prescott.While he played in all 16 games for the NFC West champions with nine starts, Austin had just 13 catches for 47 yards. Most of his work was as a runner (59 carries, 270 yards and his only touchdown). Most of his time was spent on the bench."Last year was the first time I had hit rock bottom dealing with an injury and the media bashing me saying I couldn't do it," said Austin, who had 1,689 yards and 12 touchdowns receiving and 1,238 yards and nine TDs rushing with the Rams, who were in St. Louis when they drafted him."But I stayed true to myself and I knew what happened to me. I wasn't a person to cry or point fingers or find any sympathy. If I went out there, I went out there. I thought I was ready, so that's what it was."Austin tries to stay out of the spotlight after practices at camp, only occasionally stopping for interviews. The 28-year-old is soft-spoken and reserved, but quick with a smile once he gets to talking.The Cowboys signed a pair of free agents in Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, dumped franchise touchdown receptions leader Dez Bryant in a cost-cutting move and drafted Michael Gallup in the third round, a day before the trade for Austin.The change of scenery offered Austin the rare chance to fill a leadership void despite being new to Dallas. Not only are the Cowboys likely to have four new receivers on the 53-man roster Youth La'el Collins Jersey , they have a new coach at the position as well."He's that veteran guy that I don't know that I've really had that I can say, 'Hey, get them to do this,'" receivers coach Sanjay Lal said. "Because even in the walkthrough, he's working through his footwork, he's sinking his hips, which is how you build muscle memory. Don't waste these reps."The way Austin sees it, he didn't get Lal's attention by doing anything unusual."I've never been a captain of a team," Austin said. "But people always listen just because of my work ethic. When I'm out there just talking, I'm having fun and No. 2 just competing. It's just in me. I definitely will take the role on being in leadership."He'll also take the role of coming out of the backfield — assuming that happens at some point. With almost as many carries (184) as catches (194) in his career, Austin figures to remain a hybrid back. The Cowboys just haven't shown much of the backfield component in camp."You can call him whatever you want to call him," coach Jason Garrett said. "He's obviously very quick. He's very fast. We're comfortable lining him up as a receiver outside or inside and certainly in the backfield as well. He's done all those things."Now Austin gets to try them with that elusive fresh start.


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