Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
Todd Gurley was running back for the Los Angeles Rams named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. It is the second time this season that Gurley named to this award to go along with being named NFC Offensive Player of the Month.
Gurley carried the load on Sunday against the Detroit Lions nearly by himself as the backup running back Malcolm Brown went down with an injury. Brown injured his clavicle after hard run late in the second quarter. Accompanied to the locker room just before the half for x-rays, he was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
After Brown was ruled out, it left only starter Gurley as the only active running back. It was a risky move by head Sean McVay only having the two running backs active. Gurley accepted the challenge even at times watching him gasp for air, and he would get back to the huddle for the next play.
Gurley scored his first touchdown after the Rams created a turnover. The Rams capitalized on the turnover as Gurley blasted untouched through the right side for a 13-yard touchdown run. Late in the fourth quarter, after Rams created another turnover, Gurley would see the end zone again.
The victory did not come easy for the Rams as the offense seemed to struggle at points of the game. Quarterback Jared Goff threw an interception in triple coverage and lost a fumble on a sack late in the second quarter.
In the end, for his heroics, Gurley carried the ball 23 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns. He put the offense on his shoulder and closed out the deal for the victory. Gurley helped sealed the win as the Rams clinched the NFC West Division and remain one game in front of the New Orleans Saints of home field advantage throughout the playoffs.