Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams 2017 NFC Offensive Player of the Year starting running back Todd Gurley, becomes the first running back to rush over 1,000 yards this 2018 NFL season. The NFL leading rusher finished the game with 12 carries for 55 yards giving him 1,043 rushing yards for the season. He leads Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliot by 90 yards as Elliot plays Thursday against the Washington Redskins. Gurley started the game needing only 12 yards to eclipse the mark, would accomplish that on his fourth carry early in the second quarter.
For the first time all season, Gurley failed to get in the end zone Monday night, as information surfaced after the game that he tweaked his ankle early in the first quarter. Gurley ended a touchdown streak of 14-straight games spanning back to last season. Gurley would comment that he was more concerned with the team getting the win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
In a game that featured two explosive offenses that combined to score 105 points,1000 yards of offense; nearly 900 combined passing yards and 14 touchdowns, it is still unbelievable that Gurley did not score in that game. Head Coach Sean McVay made a statement that Gurley tweaked his ankle, and it could not have come at a better time while going into a bye week.
The Rams play next against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, as Gurley will be just fine by the time they meet. The last time these two teams met, the Rams had their way with the Lions early in the first quarter, and then the wheels fell off the bus.
The Lions rallied late to defeat the Rams 31-28, as the Rams offense seemed to fold in the second half. The Lions held Gurley to only 54 rushing yards and 39 receiving yards, and no touchdowns. However, this is a Rams team that has a more prolific play caller in Head Coach Sean McVay, who will know how to use Gurley efficiently.