Gurley Watch: Three touchdowns paces Rams in easy win

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Tarboro native Todd Gurley scores one of his three touchdowns on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.


Sports Writer

Monday, September 17, 2018

This is the first segment of Gurley Watch, a quick weekly update on all things Todd Gurley that will run every Tuesday.

Two weeks into the NFL season, two groups of people should be especially proud of Todd Gurley: natives of the Twin Counties, and fantasy football owners who employ the Los Angeles Rams running back, though, of course, the latter category is less authentic than the former.

The Tarboro High School alum is a big reason for his team’s 2-0 start, and it’s high-powered offense, which has so far averaged 33.5 points per game in two easy wins.

This past Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals — a 34-0 victory in LA — Gurley rushed 19 times for 42 yards, but found the end zone three times in the first three quarters. He also caught three passes for 31 yards, and left the game in the second half with a cramping issue, which was reported not to be a serious injury but ended his day on the field.

(By the way, his 42 rushing yards against Arizona propelled him into seventh on the Rams’ all-time rushing list. He now has 3,446 yards for his career, and on Sunday passed Les Josephson who needed 129 games to reach his number, compared to Gurley’s 45. If he gets 47 yards on the ground in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Chargers — a 4:25 p.m. kickoff — he’ll own possession of sixth place on the franchise’s all-time list.)

In two games, he’s now got four touchdowns, 150 rush yards, and 70 receiving yards. In its latest power rankings, Bleacher Report lists the Rams as the No. 2 team in the NFL behind the 2-0 Kansas City Chiefs and gives LA 10-1 odds of reaching the Super Bowl.

Next Week: At home vs. the Chargers, Sunday, 4:25 kickoff