Anderson, Gurley first 100-yard running back teammates in playoffs since 1997

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Rams running back C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley both ran for 100 yards in Saturday night’s win over the Cowboys. That doesn’t happen often.

Anderson and Gurley were the first pair of running back teammates to run for 100 yards in a playoff game together since 1997, when Denver’s Terrell Davis and Derek Loville each topped 100 yards in a playoff win over Jacksonville. (Other teams have had two 100-yard rushers in the playoffs since, but only when one was a quarterback.)

After the game, both coaches cited the two running backs as key to the Rams’ success.

“I thought C.J. and Todd both were outstanding. I thought the offensive line was great from the start,” Rams coach Sean McVay said.

“We did not do a good enough job defending the run, obviously,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “I think there’s a little bit of misperception about how the Rams play offensive football: It starts with the run. They do an outstanding job, week in and week out. And we just didn’t do a good enough job controlling the line of scrimmage, winning our gaps and tackling. Unfortunately for us they were able to run the ball consistently throughout the ball game. They were able to control the tempo of the game because of that.”

What’s been fascinating over the Rams’ last three games is how Anderson — who has been cut by three different teams in the last 10 months — has been every bit as effective as Gurley, who signed a four-year, $60 million contract last offseason. If the Rams can run the ball just as well with a guy they picked up off the street, it raises the question of why they should be paying so much for Gurley.

That’s been a story around the NFL this year, whether it’s the Steelers getting the same level of production from James Conner as they got from Le'Veon Bell, or the Broncos getting a great season from an undrafted rookie in Phillip Lindsay: Teams can run the ball just as well with low-drafted, low-paid running backs as they can with highly drafted, highly paid stars. It won’t be easy for running backs to get paid this offseason as teams notice that there’s no drop-off in production from a highly paid running back like Gurley to a free agent off the street like Anderson.

15 responses to “Anderson, Gurley first 100-yard running back teammates in playoffs since 1997

  1. Loved that last comment about not needing a 1st Rd RB to have success. Can’t wait to see what clown owner pays Me-veon Bell the wasted cap-$pace.

  2. grant35 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 7:19 am
    Loved that last comment about not needing a 1st Rd RB to have success. Can’t wait to see what clown owner pays Me-veon Bell the wasted cap-$pace.

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    You could also take that to mean that Gurley is unnecessary as well and that his huge contract is a waste with Anderson playing the roll of Conner and Gurley playing the roll of Bell.

    The Rams have the top ranked offensive line for 2018 which means that while Gurley’s numbers look good, they are inflated as CJ showed.

    Invest in the line and all running backs look better.

  3. Gurley and Anderson complement each other very well. CJ was a great pickup, and allows both of them to take breathers on the sideline and stay fresh.

    As to why the Rams are paying Gurley, he’s their best player on offense and the league’s most prolific TD scorer. No franchise tag or training camp holdout drama.

  4. Well let’s not get too cute with cj.. If he was this effective, he wouldn’t have never left Denver. Nor would he have been cut a few times after that.. Just think he’s fresh and in a good system at the right time!.He’s no zeke,bell or Gurley folks. But solid

  5. CJ Anderson ran for 1k yards on 245 carries (4.1ypc) behind that horrendous Denver offensive line with no QB. He has been effective throughout his entire career.

  6. grant35 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 7:19 am
    Loved that last comment about not needing a 1st Rd RB to have success.

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    Because Gurley and Bell provide an added dimension with intangibles while running, as well as the passing game that Anderson, Connor and others do not.

    It is why the Steelers are sitting at home and why the Rams likely would be if Gurley had been unable to play last night.

    Nice try.

    Use this reasoning for the clipboard holders who rarely play and make just as much. We know you won’t, and why you won’t LOL

  7. The dirty little secret no one ever talks about is that the NFL players are so beat up by weeks 13-16 that the entire “speed” of the collision positions is noticeably slower. Its also why December football looks much more ‘old fashion’ despite whether played in a dome/warm-weather city. Theyre hurt. The point about CJ and Conner is a little distorted because both are actually pretty good in their own right, but still cant play the passing game nearly as well, a very important factor in todays NFL (see Chicago’s Howard/Cohen) But clearly, this should encourage teams to start playing (or holding back) a “second” running back about week 12.

  8. Which is why Saquan Barkley is special. The Giants Oline was AWFUL. The Giants would own the first pick in the draft had they drafted Darnold.

    The only RB that could have done what Barkley did was Elliot (running wise). But Barkley also caught 80 plus passes which makes him clearly the best in the league. But Elliot is way better at picking up the blitz. I’d take either and not complain.

  9. grant35 says:

    January 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Loved that last comment about not needing a 1st Rd RB to have success. 

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    Gurley got paid for because he’s one of the if not the most complete back in the league, who’s a team player without the drama. Not only is Gurley one of the rushing running backs in the league, but also is one of the top receiving backs, and arguably the best blocking running back. Not to mention in his last 29 games he has scored a total of 40 touchdowns(30 rushing & 10 receiving).

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