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Saints’ secondary is ailing, but Rams can’t forget to give the ball to Todd Gurley

By in Press Enterprise on November 24, 2017

By Rich Hammond

THOUSAND OAKS — If nothing else, Rams running back Todd Gurley should be rested.

Gurley, a potential candidate for Comeback Player of the Year and perhaps even Most Valuable Player just a couple weeks ago, has seen his role diminish of late. Opponents, naturally, have been keying in on Gurley, and even Rams coach Sean McVay said he has too quickly turned away from Gurley in games.

Expect that to change Sunday, when the Rams host the New Orleans Saints at the Coliseum.

The Saints typically run the ball well and chew up time of possession but still score a lot. The Rams would like nothing more than to control the game on the ground and get Gurley another 100-yard game.

“This (Saints) defense is a challenging defense, they present a variety of issues and just like any other week it’s going to be a great challenge for us,” McVay said. “Typically when we’ve been successful offensively, a large part of it is because of Todd’s contributions.”

The Rams, 7-3 overall, are 4-0 this season when Gurley tops 100 rushing yards, and they’re 6-1 when he reaches 100 yards through a combination of rushing and receiving.

For the season, Gurley is at 791 yards, or only 94 fewer yards than he totaled in all of last season. Gurley, though, failed to reach the 100-yard mark last week against Minnesota. He had only 15 carries for 37 yards and caught three passes for 19 yards.

“They did a great job,” Gurley said. “They came in there, executed. Week-in and week-out, that’s going to be the focus, to stop the run. They know you’re going to get the ball, but at the end of the day, can they stop it? Last week they stopped it. So hopefully this week we can come back and get some things rolling, get […]    

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