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Rams Coach Sean McVay Says Todd Gurley Will Be a Big Part of SB LIII Game Plan

As Super Bowl LIII crawls closer, the questions continue to persist regarding Todd Gurley’s usage in the biggest game of his career.

The running back touched the ball just five times in the NFC Championship Game for 13 total yards, both career lows. The NFL Offensive Player of the Year candidate attributed the poor performance to his own “sorry” play after two drops and a big negative-yardage run, not a lingering knee injury.

On Tuesday, coach Sean McVay again took the blame for not getting the running back more involved in the offense, attributing it to play selection, and vowed to get Gurley the rock in Sunday’s Super Bowl showdown versus the New England Patriots, Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports.

“I think what says as much about Todd as anything, is the way he handled it right after,” McVay said. “You learn about people when they do go through a little bit of adversity. I couldn’t have been more proud and pleased with just the way that he handled that — demonstrated the mental toughness that we expect. You show me anybody that’s great in anything they do, I’ll show you somebody that’s persevered, demonstrated that mental toughness to overcome some obstacles and adversity. And I think a large part of specifically when you talk about last week’s game was a result of some of the things in terms of the play selection. I’ve got to do a much better job for Todd to get him opportunities to get him going. … Fully expect him to be the Todd Gurley we all know and he’s going to be a big part of this game.”

Rams RB C.J. Anderson Claims He’s the “Freshest Running Back in the League”

One of the best late-season stories in the NFL is the career renaissance of running back C.J. Anderson and he actually credits his spurts of unemployment in 2018 for part of his success according to Nick Shook of NFL.com.

“I’m the freshest running back in the league,” Anderson said. “I’m not gonna say they’re still fresh, but I’m fresher than Mark (Ingram), Alvin (Kamara), and Todd (Gurley), for sure.”

Anderson, who was released by the Denver Broncos in the offseason, signed by Carolina (where he played 73 snaps and received 24 carries in nine games), cut again, signed by Oakland (where he played 0 snaps), cut again, and then signed by the Rams, has carried the ball just 90 times (130 snaps played) in the 2018 season. Comparatively, Todd Gurley has carried the ball 272 times on 835 total snaps (in 15 games). Alvin Kamara has run the ball 210 times on 726 total snaps. Ingram has 147 totes on 369 snaps. So you can see why Anderson believes he has an advantage in the playoffs.

“I think it helps a lot,” Anderson said. “I’ve played over 1,000 snaps, 600-700 snaps in this league and when you get to this point of the season, you start to wave back and I’m out there flying around on practice, just being a kid, having fun. I look faster than everyone else, part of it because I’m fresh.” Those fresh legs have lead to three consecutive 100-yard plus games, with the 27-year-old back bursting through holes and running with impressive power. In last weekend’s win over the Dallas Cowboys, Anderson actually outperformed Gurley with 23 carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

When combined with the home run-hitting Gurley, the Rams have a rushing attack that seems to have more life than any other in the NFL at this point — including the Saints. How that plays out Sunday is a key reason to tune into the NFC Championship Game.

Can the Rams Avenge the Earlier Loss to the Saints? Three Keys to a Sunday Win In New Orleans

If the Los Angeles Rams are going to advance to the Super Bowl in a couple weeks, they are going to have to exercise the demons of earlier in the season when they lost on the road to the New Orleans Saints, the team they must beat to reach the promise land.

There’s a number of things that the Rams will have to do better in round two between these two teams, but today we take a quick look at three things the Rams will have to do in order to walk out of New Orleans with a win and advance to the ‘big game’ in Atlanta in a couple of weeks.

1. Have the Ground Game Working Like Last Week

The Rams 1-2 punch of C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley combined for 238 rushing yards and three touchdowns as the Rams powered past the league’s No. 5-ranked rushing defense last week in their NFC Divisional playoff win over the Cowboys.

The O-line stepped up with a huge game, and both Anderson and Gurley looked fresh coming off a few weeks off. Look for the Rams line to try and dominate up front, and therefore set the tone which also will keep the Saints offense off the field.

2. Make Kamara and Ingram Pay

Saturday night the Rams solid run defnese stifled Dallas’ rushing attack, holding Ezekiel Elliott to 47 yards on 20 carries. The group will need a repeat performance on Sunday against the 1-2 Saints attack of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram.

The two can make it a long day for the Rams if they allow them to get off to a quick start. Last week the Eagles early stopped the pair, but by midway through the second quarter it was apparent that the Saints would keep running the ball, and eventually it paid off for them in the six-point win over the Eagles to advance.

3. Cover Thomas

Saints leading wide out Michael Thomas goes by ‘cantguardmike’ on Twitter, and for good reason. Last week he was dominant in the win over the Eagles, and was the best player on the field after the Eagles got up on the Saints 14-0 in the first quarter.

The Rams secondary has done a decent job all season making sure to not allow the big plays, but look for Drew Brees early to try and stretch the Rams D and get the ball downfield to Thomas. It would behoove the Rams to get pressure on Brees and not allow him to get the ball downfield.

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Rams RB Todd Gurley Day-To-Day with Knee Inflammation

Rams running back Todd Gurley played through a left knee issue during the Rams’ Sunday night loss to the Eagles, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

On Monday, coach Sean McVay said that Gurley was dealing with knee inflammation and that he would be listed as day-to-day heading into the game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals at Glendale, Ariz.

“If he’s able to go, we want him to be able to go,” McVay said of Gurley during a news conference in Thousand Oaks. “But it’s something that, whether you’re playing for the playoffs or whether you’re not, we’re always going to be smart with a player like Todd.”

Gurley had surgery on his left knee in 2014 after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament while playing at Georgia. The Rams selected Gurley with the 10th pick in the 2015 draft, and he has developed into one of the NFL’s top running backs. Rewarded with a $60-million extension before the season, he has responded by scoring an NFL-best 21 touchdowns.

If Gurley does not play Sunday, the Rams could turn to second-year pro Justin Davis or rookie John Kelly. Davis was forced to leave the game Sunday because of a shoulder injury and his status will be determined as the week progresses, McVay said.

Video: ESPN on if the Rams Defense Could Take Down the Saints and Drew Brees When it Counts

Stephen A. Smith has doubts about how the Los Angeles Rams would fare against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints’ high-powered offense in a playoff matchup after the Rams gave up 51 points to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Monday’s Rams Game Moved Back to L.A. Due to Mexico City Field Conditions

Monday’s game for the Rams that was scheduled in Mexico City has been moved back to Los Angeles due to poor field conditions.

The sod in Mexico City was supposed to be replaced, but the league made the decision to go back to L.A., thus not allowing any more drama for the marquee matchup between two of the best NFL teams.

The game is a Rams home game, so it makes sense that it should be played in Los Angeles as compared to another site.

Report: Rams Players Threatening to Not Play in Mexico City Due to Field Conditions

The NFL has a huge problem on its hands when it comes to two teams that are at the top of the standings getting set for a battle in Mexico City next week.

That problem is the field where the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams are set to play in the biggest game of the week is beyond bad, to the point where the powers that be and the NFL is scrambling to try and figure out what to do.

The playing surface is looking ugly, and apparently, the NFL is seriously concerned about the issue. According to NBC’s Peter King, there’s “significant worry” about the state of the unique hybrid surface, which is made up of a combination of grass and synthetic filler.

The league is actually so concerned about the field situation that a crew will be checking things out on Monday and Tuesday to decide if anything needs to be done. According to ESPN.com, the game could potentially be moved to Los Angeles if the playing surface in Mexico City isn’t up to NFL standards.

Things got even more interesting on Tuesday when NFL Insider Adam Schefter stated on Twitter that some Rams players are so upset about the field situation at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City that they are some are simply not going to play in the game.

So what the NFL does next about the situation is anyone’s guess. They have two teams that might end up meeting in February in the biggest game of the season, but for now, they have figure out how to not only make the two teams happy, but try and keep the peace and just get the game played.