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Rams’ Todd Gurley boosts league MVP chances with 276-yard effort

By in Press Enterprise on December 25, 2017

By Rich Hammond

NASHVILLE — Most Valuable Player. It’s subjective. It can be controversial. It goes, almost every season, to a quarterback. Except now, it’s going to be hard to keep the trophy out of Todd Gurley’s hands.

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If the award truly identifies a top player, one who has been most valuable to his team, then surely, Gurley belongs in the discussion alongside New England quarterback Tom Brady, the likely favorite. Gurley has been the Rams’ hero all season, and never more than Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, in a victory that made the Rams champions of the NFC West.

Gurley ran 22 times for 118 yards, and that was just the appetizer. He also caught 10 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns and became the league’s first player to top 2,000 all-purpose yards in 2017.

With one week remaining in the season, Gurley leads the NFL in rushing yards (1,305), all-purpose yards (2,093), rushing touchdowns (13) and total touchdowns (19). Against the Titans, Gurley totaled 276 yards. All of the Rams’ other backs, receivers and tight ends combined for 126 yards.

“That’s it. MVP,” linebacker Robert Quinn said. “Point blank. Period. Look at what he did this year. His numbers are ridiculous, and he’s been doing that all year. When things don’t go right, it seems like he comes out and adds a spark and gives life to the team. Like I said, TG for MVP.”

Gurley’s day was the third-best in Rams history, in terms of yards from scrimmage in a single game. If Gurley plays next Sunday in the season finale against San Francisco, he […]    

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