In just about the loudest stadium there is, Todd Gurley has gone silent.
Perhaps the most intriguing development of the Saints-Rams game Sunday at the Superdome was the disappearance of Gurley, the Pro Bowler whose 17 rushing touchdowns led the NFL this year.
Gurley began the game with a play to forget — a drop that bounced from his hands and into the hands of Saints linebacker Demario Davis.
And through three quarters, he didn’t register a play that helped him forget about it.
Entering the fourth quarter, Gurley had just 10 yards rushing on four carries with a touchdown. He was targeted twice through the air yet didn’t record a catch.
In his stead, C.J. Anderson stepped up. The journeyman running back, who has a fraction of the pedigree that Gurley has, had rushed for 39 yards on 12 carries in a tight game that would decide who makes the Super Bowl.
Gurley’s ineffectiveness is surprising — as is the Rams’ willingness to put him on the bench.