RAMS PUMMEL ARI­ZONA 31-9

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY GARY KLEIN

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.

WALLY SKALIJ Los An­ge­les Times/TNS

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.

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