Gurley winning Offensive Player of Month for second time makes MVP case stronger

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In what shouldn’t seem like a surprise to football fans, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for December to add to his case for MVP award.

Despite resting for the regular-season finale against the San Francisco 49ers, Todd Gurley is still in serious consideration for the MVP award when looking at what the running back has been able to accomplish for the Los Angeles Rams this year. Not only did the former Georgia standout finish the regular season with 2,039 yards from the line of scrimmage to go along with 19 total touchdowns, but Gurley played a major role in helping the Rams punch their first ticket to the playoffs for the first time since the 2003 season.

How far Los Angeles will go over these next few weeks will heavily fall on the shoulders of Gurley and what kind of numbers he can put together in January, beginning on Saturday night against the defending NFC champions in the Atlanta Falcons. Gurley will enter this game knowing the Falcons’ defense will do everything in their power to keep the running back in check, but also there’s no reason for concern when looking at some of the top units he’s already shredded throughout the season, especially in the month of December.

Last month was certainly a December to remember for Gurley when looking at how he closed out the season from his four-touchdown performance against the Seattle Seahawks to the 276 yards from the line of scrimmage to go along with two scores against the Tennessee Titans, making plenty of fantasy football owners happy. So all things considered, Gurley recently being named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for the second time (other came in September) shouldn’t really come as that much of a surprise, and only continues to build his case for taking home MVP honors when the time comes.

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Sure, there’s a good chance that Tom Brady will give the Rams running back a run for his money when looking at all of the obstacles the future Hall of Famer had to overcome this year with the New England Patriots. But also, Gurley has built quite the case for himself as well, and the numbers from the 15 games he appeared in will certainly back it up. If not, well at least Los Angeles was able to pull the unthinkable by earning a trip to the playoffs after only winning four games all of last year, which is the most important factor of all since Gurley would prefer to win a Super Bowl with his teammates over an individual award.