Los Angeles Rams: 4 Grades for Week 8 against the Packers

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Rams running back Todd Gurley delivered…, again. The should be leading candidate for league MVP did it all the right way in Week 8. As for his stat line it was simply another day at the job, rushing for 114 yards on 25 carries. He’d add another 81 yards on six catches and would score a touchdown.

Like I said, he delivered….., again.

Perhaps the best part of his day, and the single greatest indicator of the kind of professional football player he is, was his staying in bounds and keeping the clock running when an easy touchdown was at hand and another stat to pad the line.

He didn’t do it, damn the fantasy geeks and damn Las Vegas. Gurley did the right thing and it helped insure the Rams not just win their eighth in a row, but a critical game against an NFC team many thought was a contender beyond the regular season.

Let’s stop pretending a player like Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the clubhouse leader this week for MVP. No disrespect to Mahomes, but Gurley is a game changer. He’s a two-headed monster who can do damage carrying the football out of the backfield or catching it from the running back position.

On Sunday against the Packers, he showed why he’s the MVP today, and if form holds, is also at the conclusion of the regular season.

Gurley-A plus.