4. Gurley still isn’t himself at running back
Early on in the offseason, the Rams made it clear they would be taking a different approach with Todd Gurley at running back after his performances in the NFC Championship and Super Bowl last winter made it clear something was going on with the running back.
After finding out that Gurley’s knee was in fact the issue, Los Angeles has done their best to limit the running back’s workload as much as possible in 2019, but also it’s caught up to the team in recent weeks.
It was one thing for the Rams to get by the first three games with Gurley only receiving 44 carries since the most important factor was Los Angeles finished 3-0, but the lack of carries have caught up to the offense the last few weeks.
Not only did Gurley combine for just 20 carries (five carries in Week 4) in two losses to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks, but unfortunately the running back was forced to miss last weekend’s contest against the San Francisco 49ers with a quad injury.
Until Gurley can prove to handle at least 20 carries in a game without any concerns, the ground game is going to be an issue for the Rams, which has previously been a major strength on offense in previous years.