Tood Gurley looked like the vintage version of himself during Monday night’s 30-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Gurley’s team, the Atlanta Falcons, would probably take any version of themselves if it meant a win. The Falcons dropped to 0-4 on the season with the loss, and Gurley’s two rushing touchdowns and a field goal were all the offense the struggling team could muster.
The Tarboro High graduate and former All-Pro running back with the L.A. Rams said that his team needs to find a way to earn some wins. Gurley hasn’t been part of a losing season since his first two years in the league.
“No one wants to lose. It’s not the end of the world but we have to get a win and we got to make something happen,” Gurley told reporters after Monday’s loss. “Everybody is just going to have to step up, have more urgency and take our game to another level.”
Gurley rushed for 57 yards and two touchdowns, while adding six yards in the passing game on one catch. Gurley scored both touchdowns in the second half. He cut the deficit to 20-9 when he ran in from 5-yards out with 7:20 to play in the third quarter.
The 26-year-old’s next score came on the next drive, this one a 3-yard run to make it a 27-16 deficit. The Falcons managed no more points, while the Packers added a field goal in the final six minutes.
“We just didn’t come out and execute. The first two drives were 3-and-out, didn’t take time off the clock and didn’t get anything going,” Gurley said. “… We just all have to do better for each other. We just have to make something happen.
“Obviously it can’t get worse unless we keep losing. But it’ll be all right. Still being able to play the game we love, but you just have to do it at the right pace and turn it up a notch. Something has to give. Whatever we’re doing is not enough so we have to do more. Just strain a little bit more.”
Gurley has four rushing touchdowns over four games this season with 254 yards. Normally a reliable weapon in the passing game, Gurley has been limited to just four catches for nine yards.
The Falcons are back in action at 1 p.m. on Sunday when they host the Carolina Panthers.