Cowboys headed for showdown with Rams

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs with the ball against Los Angeles Rams safety John Johnson III (43) in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium.Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Kickoff set for 7:15 on Saturday in Los Angeles.

The Cowboys are moving on in the playoffs and headed to Los Angeles.

Dallas is set to play the Rams at 7:15 Saturday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

It will be a fantastic contrast in strengths and weaknesses as the Cowboys have the 7th ranked defense and the 22nd ranked offense in the NFL, while the Rams rank 2nd in total offense and 19th in total defense.

But it’s also a head-to-head showdown between NFL rushing leader Ezekiel Elliott, who ran for 1,434 yards, and Rams running back Todd Gurley, who traded the NFL’s rushing lead throughout the season. Gurley ended up third in the league with 1,251 rushing yards after his season was cut short in Week 15 with a knee injury.

Whether or not Gurley will play this week will be a topic of discussion, no doubt. It’s worth noting that the Rams lost their last two games with Gurley in the lineup against Chicago and Philadelphia. The Rams rebounded to defeat Arizona and San Francisco in the final two weeks of the regular season with Gurley out.

Dallas and Los Angeles last met in Week 4 of the 2017 regular season when Los Angeles defeated the Cowboys, 35-30, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Jared Goff passed for 255 yards and 2 TDs and Gurley rushed for 121 yards on 23 carries.

More on this matchup as the week progresses.

By the way, this is worth watching again: