Thursday, 17 January, 2019

The Dallas Cowboys’ Divisional Round Playoff Opponent Is Set

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Kristopher Love | 12 January, 2019, 19:52

Already ruled out for the Dallas Cowboys in their matchup in California on Saturday night is defensive tackle David Irving, as the former starter continues to deal with a high ankle sprain.

The Los Angeles Rams head into the 2018 playoffs with a 13-3 record and a lot of recovered swag after a two-game slide in December that had fans and National Football League watchers scratching their head.

With the Eagles upset win over the Bears Sunday, it changes the Cowboys destination from New Orleans to Los Angeles. It remains to be seen whether a near one-month layoff will help or hinder him against a defense that limited the Seattle Seahawks, the NFL's top rushing team, to only 73 yards in last week's NFC wild-card victory.

The Eagles topped the Bears in this afternoon's contest, thanks to a last-second missed field goal by Chicago's kicker.

The previous eight games all happened in the same era, with numerous same players and coaches going against each other year after year: The Cowboys and Rams met in the playoffs after the 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983 and 1985 seasons. The Cowboys seem to be much more likely of beating the Rams. Contrast that with the Eagles, who won 5 of their next 6 games (losing in overtime on the road with the Dallas Cowboys).