It was clear after a 45-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens that something had to change in Los Angeles. Finally, the Rams have realized that giving the ball to Todd Gurley will open things up for the rest of the offense.
The Rams won their last two games handily and put up 62 points combined, with their offense looking more like the 2018 version. Gurley carried the ball 42 times for 174 yards and two touchdowns over the last two weeks. The Rams totaled 53 first downs in the last two games. The numbers go on and on.
Sean McVay finally made the adjustment to establish the run game. He has been quick this season to abandon the ground game and put the ball in the hands of his quarterback. Well, with Jared Goff under center, it is not smart to get too pass happy. It is now Gurley time entering the final three games of the season.
“When he gets involved, good things are happening for us,” McVay said plainly after Sunday’s win.
No kidding, Sean.
Unfortunately, it’s getting late for Los Angeles. The Rams may have to win out to have any chance at the postseason. This will not be easy considering they have a game in San Francisco left on their schedule, but they must take care of business against Dallas first.
Gurley must lead the Rams past Cowboys
The Cowboys have had trouble stopping the run all season. They rank 19th in the league against the run, allowing 109.8 yards per game on the ground. Over the last few weeks, the Cowboys have struggled to do anything well, so the Rams need to take advantage.
Dallas has been playing without one of its best linebackers in Leighton Vander Esch. His status for Week 15 is unknown, but he will continue to be a huge loss if he cannot go. This will make it easier for the Rams to establish Gurley in this game.
This is a must-win game for both sides. The Rams are trying to sneak into the playoffs after their disappointing start, while the Cowboys are currently tied atop a terrible NFC East.
Right now, the Rams are the better team, in large part because of Gurley and the running game getting established. Getting your star running back involved does two things. First, it gets the ball in the hands of your best player. Second, it takes pressure off Goff and opens up play action. All of these aspects are beneficial for the Rams.
With three games left, Los Angeles will need to feed Gurley and let him go to work.