Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
Todd Gurley, running back for the Los Angeles Rams has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Gurley set a personal mark in rushing last Sunday carrying the ball 28 times for 208 yards and two touchdowns against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium.
Gurley knifed through the Broncos front seven by averaging 7.43 yards per rush. In his post-game interview, he commended the offensive line and tight ends. Gurley expressed that the accomplishment couldn't be made without the hard work the linemen upfront blocking creating him running lanes. Also to include to Gurley’s day, he only had two receptions for 17 yards, but his pass blocking was spectacular.
The Rams will face the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. The 49ers are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday night 33-30 at Lambeau Field. The Niners defense will seek to try and shut down the Rams running game, only surrendering 116 yards to the Packers, but allowing 405 yards. The 49ers allowed three Packer receivers with over 100 yards receiving each, and be sure that Sean McVay is game planning for that this week.
Last season the Rams beat the 49ers 41-39, in a game where it seemed as if the Rams were going to pummel the Niners. A later fourth-quarter surge by the Niners got them within the red zone until the 2017 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald come up with the massive sack on Brian Hoyer to preserve the win. In that game, Gurley rushed the ball 28 times for 116 yard and two touchdowns, also to include five receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams will seek to remain perfect 7-0 on Sunday; however, they will be without receiver Cooper Kupp who has a sprain MCL. Gurley will be probably be called upon to be heavily involved in the passing game this week with Kupp’s absence, seeking his first 100/100 game of his career.