Gurley Watch: A win, two scores for Tarboro native

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Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) pulls away from Detroit Lions defensive back Mike Ford during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rey Del Rio)


Sports Writer

Monday, December 3, 2018

In the epic 54-51 win over the Chiefs on Nov. 19, Todd Gurley somewhat improbably didn’t score a touchdown, though he was playing through a minor ankle injury. The scoreless night snapped a 13-game streak of at least one touchdown. 

This past Sunday against the Detroit Lions, Gurley started a new streak, rushing the ball 23 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns, also catching three passes for 33 yards in a 30-16 win. 

The victory pushed the Rams’ record to 11-1 and clinched a playoff spot for a second straight year. With a Saints loss on Thursday night, L.A. is now at the only one-loss team left in the NFL. 

One notable play for the running back came with about four minutes left in the fourth quarter, when Gurley took a handoff 38 yards from the goal line and beat the entire Detroit defense. He seemed on his way to a score, but slowed and went down at the two-yard line, looking to burn some extra clock in a move similar to the play he made earlier in the year against Green Bay. 

Gurley’s chuckle-eliciting explanation? 

“Just trying to get the hell out of here to be honest,” Gurley told reporters. “It was a long day, the game was going slow, finally broke one, just wanted to waste some time, get some time off, and get up out of here.”

After Sunday’s game, Gurley is first in the league in rushing yards with 1,175, though Ezekiel Elliott is close behind with 1,150. 

Gurley also leads the league in rushing touchdowns (15), overall touchdowns (19), yards from scrimmage (1,649), and several other offensive categories. 

His hometown Tarboro Vikings aren’t doing too bad either — the reigning 1-AA state champions beat North Stanly on Friday to extend their winning streak to 28 games. They play Edenton Holmes this Friday with a shot at the state title game on the line. 

Next week: The Rams travel to Chicago on Dec. 19 for a Sunday night showdown against the Bears at 8:20 p.m. EST.