For the second time this season, running back Todd Gurley has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Gurley recorded a season-high 152 yards rushing in Los Angeles’ 42-7 victory over Seattle, totaling 180 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns. Gurley’s 57-yard touchdown toward the end of the second quarter was his longest run of the season and second longest of his career, and at the time gave L.A. a 34-0 lead.
The Georgia product now leads the league with 17 total touchdowns, is No. 2 with 1,817 yards from scrimmage, and No. 3 with 1,187 yards rushing. With those kinds of numbers, has Gurley entered into the MVP conversation?
“I think so,” quarterback Jared Goff said on Sunday. “He had four touchdowns today. In my eyes — I might be a little bit biased — but I think he is the best running back in the league and the most complete back. He can do it out of the back field, can do it in the pass-protection game, and obviously the way he runs is special.”
“I think he certainly has gotten himself into legitimate conversations with that just based on the production and what he’s meant to our team,” head coach Sean McVay echoed on Monday.
Gurley takes home the Rams’ seventh NFC Player of the Week award of 2017. Aside form his own award, kicker Greg Zuerlein has won two, plus quarterback Jared Goff, cornerback Trumaine Johnson, and kick returner Pharoh Cooper have each received the honor. Additionally, Gurley was the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September, and Zuerlein was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for both October and November.