The LA Rams are the NFL’s best team with a 5-0 record and are primed to give the NFL its first running back MVP since 2012 in Todd Gurley.
Before the season, we raved about how this could be the year that LA Rams running back Todd Gurley takes home the MVP award. Everything seemed to align perfectly and Gurley, who had 30/1 betting odds prior to the season, was the smartest bet someone could make.
Now, after five weeks in the NFL season, he is right up there in the MVP discussion. Leading the way is second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has shocked the world and led the Kansas City Chiefs to a perfect 5-0 record.
Right behind Mahomes is the LA Rams’ combo of Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. Practical wisdom would say that both Goff and Gurley cannot be MVP favorites. However, even after just a decent week from Goff in Week 5, both guys have as good of a chance to win the award.
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After the LA Rams take on the Denver Broncos in Week 6, Gurley will emerge as the clear-cut favorite to win the MVP award over Goff and Mahomes. As long as everything goes as planned, it should be a title that he easily holds onto.
Thus far this season, Gurley has rushed for 415 yards, has added 230 receiving yards and has a combined nine touchdowns in five games. With seven rushing touchdowns already, Gurley is on pace to finish with 22 rushing touchdowns. Two or three big games and he can even threaten the single-season rushing touchdown record.
Gurley ranks second in rushing yards to Ezekiel Elliott and has two more rushing touchdowns that Carlos Hyde to take the top spot. Only Alvin Kamara has more yards from scrimmage than Gurley, who bests him 650 yards to 645.
All this will change after Week 6 and Gurley should be atop the rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and yards from scrimmage rankings.
The LA Rams are coming up against the Denver Broncos, a team that has struggled mightily against the run this season and let the New York Jets have a field day in Week 5. Denver has allowed the third-most rushing yards (698) and third-most rushing touchdowns (six).
Not only is Gurley coming up against a bad Denver rush defense, but he is also going to be fed the ball a lot if the Rams are going to be successful. The weapons in the passing game are depleted with both Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp on concussion protocol.
With that in mind, Gurley is likely going to get a bigger workload than he has in past weeks. Even in the passing game, Sean McVay is likely going to utilize Gurley out of the backfield on screens and swing passes.
This has all the making of a truly historic running back performance that could be one of the best fantasy weeks of all-time. Gurley very well could finish with over 100 rushing and receiving yards and at least three touchdowns.
That will be enough to catapult him into being the MVP favorite. In week 6, I predict Gurley will carry the ball 26 times for 130 yards to go along with six receptions for 90 yards. He will find the end zone twice on the ground and once via pass.