RAMS PUMMEL ARIZONA 31-9
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles’ star running back, was sidelined, but C.J. Anderson stepped in and helped carry the Rams to victory.
No Todd Gurley? No problem.
At least not this week. With the Los Angeles Rams’ star running back sidelined for precautionary reasons, veteran C.J. Anderson stepped in Sunday and helped carry the Rams to a 31-9 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium.
Anderson, signed by the Rams last week, rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown in 20 carries as the Rams bounced back from two consecutive defeats and improved to 11-4.
Quarterback Jared Goff rushed and passed for touchdowns, and receiver Robert Woods ran for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass as the offense produced 461 yards.
Goff completed 19 of 24 passes for 216 yards. He did not have a pass intercepted, but he lost a fumble that led to a touchdown. Still, it was a much more efficient performance for a quarterback who had six passes intercepted in the previous three games.
Woods caught six passes for 89 yards, and rushed for 15 yards as the Rams rebounded from losses against the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Gurley’s status was in question throughout last week after he played through a left knee issue in the Rams’ 30-23 defeat by the Eagles.
The NFL touchdowns leader did not practice because of what the Rams described as inflam-
mation, and coach Sean McVay said Gurley’s availability would not be determined until he went through a pregame workout.
On Sunday, after Gurley performed drills under the supervision of the team’s trainer and strength coach, he huddled with medical personnel and coaches and then was ruled out.
Anderson, a sixth-year pro who rushed for more than 1,000 yards for the Denver Broncos last season, said last week that he would be ready if called upon to start, even though he had not carried the ball since November, when he played for the Carolina Panthers.
Rams tackle Aaron Donald had three sacks for a Rams defense that had little problem handling the NFL’s worst offense.
Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen completed 12 of 23 passes for 87 yards, and rushed for 49 yards.
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught six passes for 53 yards, and also passed for a touchdown as the Cardinals fell to 3-12.
The Rams led 21-9 at halftime and increased the lead with a Greg Zuerlein field goal late in the third quarter.
Los Angeles Rams running back C.J. Anderson picks up big yards against the Arizona Cardinals during the second quarter Sunday in Glendale, Ariz. Anderson ran for 167 yards in the Rams’ 31-9 victory.