Five NFL player matchups to watch in Week 5: Can Rams RB Todd Gurley slice Seahawks?


If you’re planning to bet on any NFL games this weekend, USA TODAY Sports’ Lorenzo Reyes says these three are the way to go.

Todd Gurley can finally share some of the spotlight with the rest of the Los Angeles Rams, and the running back is already reaping the rewards.

Once the focal point of every opposing defense, Gurley is enjoying a resurgence in his third year thanks in part to new coach Sean McVay’s varied attack. The offense ranks as the league’s highest-scoring at 35.5 points per game, and quarterback Jared Goff has received much of the praise for the turnaround given his 112.2 passer rating that now stands second best in the league.

But Gurley remains the centerpiece of the offense, perhaps more than ever. He has an NFL-high 106 touches, which represent 53.5% of the Rams’ plays (also a league best). His 596 total yards from scrimmage are topped only by Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Kareem Hunt.

Facing a Seattle Seahawks defense that ranks just 27th against the…

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