Los Angeles Rams fans won’t believe the speed Todd Gurley hit during his 80-yard touchdown catch against the Tennessee Titans in Week 16.
Ridiculous doesn’t even begin to describe the type of bounce-back season Todd Gurley is having with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 when considering how many football fans had given up on the former Georgia running back after last year, even though it wasn’t really his fault. With a poor offensive line along with the Rams trailing in most games, Gurley wasn’t receiving the necessary touches he needed, and as bad as it sounds, seeing him fail to record a single 100-yard rushing game wasn’t really that much of a surprise.
This time around, however, Gurley has flourished under Sean McVay‘s offense, and it’s one of the main reasons why he’s all of a sudden a strong favorite to take home MVP honors after recently crossing the 2,000-yard mark from the line of scrimmage to go along with 19 total touchdowns. In fact, Gurley made plenty of fantasy football owners happy for his production over the previous two weeks by finding the end zone six total times, two of which happened to come in Week 16 against the Tennessee Titans.
With only a few minutes left in the half with Los Angeles trailing 10-6 to Tennessee, McVay was hoping his offense could figure out a way to put up some points before the break, especially since the Titans would be receiving the football in the second half. Not only did the Rams end up finding the end zone, but it only took two plays thanks to Gurley showing off his speed, as shown in the video below.
One of the main reasons why Los Angeles is so fortunate to have a talented running back like Gurley is he’s proven to be just as dangerous as a receiver, and seeing him hit a top speed of 21.23 mph on that 80-yard touchdown catch was insane to witness. And the best part is, Jared Goff was most likely under the assumption that all he needed from his teammate was a first down off the quick pass, and never imagined Gurley would take it to the house for 80 yards using that kind of speed.
Resting Gurley for the regular-season finale against the San Francisco 49ers instead of allowing him to add to his MVP statistics may seem frustrating at first for fans, but at the end of the day, it’s the right decision. Whether they end up as the No. 3 or No. 4 seed, the most important factor for the Rams heading into January is all of their key players are healthy, mainly Gurley.