Ezekiel Elliott downplays Todd Gurley showdown: ‘We want to win a Super Bowl’
Two of the NFL’s top running backs, Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley, will take the field at L.A. Memorial Coliseum for Saturday’s divisional-round matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams.
While NFL fans are understandably excited by the hype surrounding an Elliott-Gurley showdown, one of the two running backs is downplaying the allure, instead arguing that there are much bigger things on which to focus.
“I think we are both going in with the same mindset,” Elliott told reporters during Tuesday’s media availability, via The Dallas Morning News. “It’s playoff football. It’s about the team. It’s not really about individuals. It’s about trying to go get that Super Bowl.
“Yes, it’s going to be great going against him, but I’m not going to put too much emphasis on that.”
Elliott does have season bragging rights over Gurley, as it were, due to winning the rushing title with 1,434 yards. Gurley came in third with 1,251 yards, although the standout back did sit out the Rams’ final two games and remains limited in practice due to a knee injury.
The marquee running back matchup aside, Elliott understands what’s at stake as the Cowboys attempt to reach the NFC Championship Game for the first time since 1995. After all, the 23-year-old Elliott was only six months old when that occurred.
Further, just like that last appearance in the NFC title game, Elliott hopes the Cowboys secure a victory and reach the Super Bowl — and win it — this time around.
“It would mean a lot, just to accomplish that, especially here with the Dallas Cowboys, a prestigious organization,” Elliott said. “But our goal is not to get back to the NFC Championship. It’s to get to the Super Bowl and win.
“That would be cool, but we want to win a Super Bowl.”
The fourth-seeded Cowboys, currently sitting as seven-point underdogs, have to get through the No. 2 seed Rams first. A tall order, to say the least.