Gurley Watch: Another touchdown, but finally a loss for Rams

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Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) carries for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)


Sports Writer

Monday, November 5, 2018

If any fans from the Twin Counties were disappointed by the Los Angeles Rams’ first loss of the season to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, some solace can be found in this perplexing stat that remains true: At least, Todd Gurley, with 16 touchdowns, has scored more points through nine games than the entire Buffalo Bills’ team in 2018. 

But alas, Gurley and his team finally lost, 45-35, on the road to fall to 8-1. They were the last remaining unbeaten team in the NFL. 

Tarboro’s favorite running back was the subject of much of the Saints’ defensive gameplan, and was kept from being his truly explosive self, but still finished with a rushing touchdown and 68 yards on 13 carries to go with six catches for 11 yards. 

The Rams tied the game with a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter but Drew Brees and New Orleans scored the final 10 points for the victory. 

"Don't get me wrong, like I said earlier in the week, he's an MVP-caliber player and he made his plays when he had his chances,” Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins told NFL.com, referring to Gurley. “But overall, to be able to hold him and not allow him to really wreck this game was big for us."

Saints defensive end Alex Okafor, also speaking to NFL.com, added: "Outside of about four or five runs, I think we did a (heck) of a job. The hardest challenge is he's such a great player and they're such a great team, especially offensively, that they're going to get theirs. The key is don't let that affect you."

In the NFC West, the Rams still hold a comfortable 3.5 game lead over the 4-4 Seattle Seahawks, and Gurley still leads the league in rushing attempts (182), rushing yards (868), and rushing touchdowns (12), among a slew of other offensive categories. 

On the college side, Gurley’s Georgia Bulldogs beat Kentucky on Saturday to jump to No. 5 in the AP Top 25 poll, and, in high school, Tarboro is 10-0 heading into its rivalry game with SouthWest Edgecombe this Friday. 

Next week: The Rams will host the Seahawks with a 4:25 p.m. kickoff on Nov. 11.