Gurley Watch: MVP case starting to form

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Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley II runs the ball during Sunday's win over the San Francisco 49ers.


Sports Writer

Monday, October 22, 2018

For people in the Twin Counties and for Todd Gurley fans in Los Angeles and across the country, this Sunday was particularly satisfying.

The fourth-year running back was explosive again, totaling three touchdowns (two by rushing and one by passing) as the Rams beat the San Francisco 49ers on the road, 39-10, to improve to 7-0 on the season.

The Rams are the lone undefeated team left in the league, and Gurley is largely to thank.

After Sunday’s win, Tarboro’s favorite running back has now scored at least one touchdown in each of his last 10 games, and has 14 overall this season — 11 on the ground and three through pass catches. That current pace puts him on track to break the NFL record for total touchdowns in a season of 32, which was set by LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006.

Through seven weeks, his 14 are more than eight NFL teams, and he alone has scored more points than the Buffalo Bills, 88-81.

And his success in the first half of the season, along with his team’s perfect start, has gotten the wheels turning on a strong MVP case, despite the fact that quarterbacks have won 10 of the last 11 annual awards. According to OddsShark, an online betting resource, his chances of winning MVP after Sunday jumped from +850 to +400; he’s listed as third most likely to win the award behind quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Drew Brees.

He now leads the league in rushing yards (686), rushing attempts (144), rushing touchdowns (11), rushing yards per game (98), points scored (88), combined touchdowns (14), yards from scrimmage (956), all-purpose yards (956) and touches (169).

And, over the weekend, his Georgia Bulldogs got back on track with a 43-29 win over Missouri, and his Tarboro Vikings won, 60-0, over Northside-Pinetown.

Up next: The Rams return home for a 4:25 kickoff on Sunday, Oct. 28, against the Green Bay Packers.