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Johnny Hekker had more touches than Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks combined in first half of Super Bowl 53

Johnny Hekker

The Los Angeles Rams’ offense in their Super Bowl 53 matchup against the New England Patriots looked as though it was stuck in the mud. This is despite the fact that the Rams have arguably the best running back in the NFL in Todd Gurley and a talented wide receiver in Brandin Cooks.

The same can be said about the Patriots’ attack, but at least they managed to score first and put up the only points in the first half to carry a 3-0 lead into the dugout at the end of the second quarter.

In case anyone needs damning evidence of how frustrating the Rams’ offense has been thus far in the contest, NFL Research revealed that Los Angeles punter Johnny Hekker had possession of the ball more times in the first half than Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks.

Rams punter Johnny Hekker has more “touches” in the 1st half (6) than Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks combined (5)

Gurley only had 10 rushing yards on three carries, while Cooks generated a measly total of 17 receiving yards on two catches over the first two periods. Gurley has reportedly been dealing with an issue with his knee, but he’s healthy enough to go out and play. C.J. Anderson also had more touches than Gurley in the first half, with the veteran getting 10 yards on four touches.

Whatever adjustments the Rams have discussed during the halftime break, it should manifest in Gurley’s usage in the final two quarters.