Todd Gurley had his best game of 2019 in Week 11 to help the Los Angeles Rams take down the Chicago Bears.
Back in the offseason, the Los Angeles Rams made it clear they would be taking a different approach with Todd Gurley in 2019 to avoid another incident like last winter when he was ineffective in the NFC Championship and Super Bowl.
Despite the Rams constantly claiming all was fine with their star running back, it was clear that something was going on with Gurley.
Otherwise, Gurley would have seen more carries in the two most important games of his career to help Los Angeles take home the Super Bowl title last season instead of coming up short against the New England Patriots.
While most fans entered the 2019 season with the mindset that Gurley’s production would most likely be down, no one expected it to see the running back still in search of his first game with 20 carries or more entering Week 11.
Normally, Gurley was known as a workhorse on offense for the Rams who would always want to be on the football field as much as possible each game, making it easy to understand why the fan base has been so frustrated at times.
But on Sunday night, Gurley finally took a major step in the right direction that Rams fans have been wanting to see all year by finishing with 25 carries (season high) for 97 yards to go along with a touchdown to help Los Angeles defeat the Chicago Bears 17-7.
One game certainly doesn’t mean that all is well with Gurley, and there’s no reason for concern moving forward, but a game like this should be viewed as a big deal with the way things have been for the most part in 2019.
Knowing Gurley, the Rams running back must be feeling all sorts of extra confidence after causing all sorts of problems for one of the league’s top defenses in the Bears, and if he can do it again in Week 12 against the Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles will be in much better shape for playoff push.
Gurley’s dominant level of play is one of the main reasons behind the Rams becoming such a serious threat in the NFC over the last couple of seasons, and while the running back has seen all sorts of frustrations in 2019, Week 11 seemed long overdue.
Now that Gurley has shown what he can accomplish with a heavy workload, the real fun begins during this final stretch to see if the impressive play can continue, or if this was just a one-time thing for the Los Angeles running back.