Todd Gurley didn’t find the end zone on Sunday, but the Atlanta Falcons did secure their first win of the season.
Atlanta (1-5) never trailed and scored the game’s first 23 points behind a passing attack that accounted for four touchdowns in the 40-23 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Gurley, the Tarboro High graduate who is playing his first season with the Falcons, had 47 rushing yards on carries. It was the lowest yardage output of the season for Gurley, despite his 20 rushes which were one short of his season high.
It was also the first time Gurley didn’t find the end zone since Week 2. He has scored at least one rushing touchdown in every game this season but two now.
While the Falcons scored all of their touchdowns through the air, the former All-Pro running back found himself involved in that successful passing game. Gurley had three catches on four targets for 20 yards.
It was the second time in as many weeks that he had been targeted at least four times. In a Week 5 loss to Carolina, Gurley saw a season-high five targets which he turned into a season-high 29 receiving yards.
Gurley has 422 rushing yards and five touchdowns this season, to go with 58 receiving yards.
Up next: Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. Sunday