"We wanted him to pass," Rams coach Sean McVeigh said after the game. "He got some tough, earned yards against a good defensive front … It opened up some things in the passing game."
Quartet Jared Goff said, "That was great. It affected us positively. He did it."
18 Hurley touches did not reach the maximum season for a fifth-year pro who had 19 touchdowns in Week 2 over the New Orleans Saints. His 15th is also one of the highest seasons to reach the 16th season, also set against the Saints.
However, two Gurley touchdowns marked his 15th career game with a plethora of turbulent touchdowns, the most in the Rams' passing of Eric Dickerson.  "I think it's great," Gerley said. "But it's still a loss, so it really doesn't matter."
Gurley's speech and McVeigh's decision to install him early came just days after Gerley despised Thursday's games, calling them "the dumbest thing."
This was also followed by a month's worth of questions and careful research – regarding last season's playoffs – about the health of Gurley's left knee and its diminishing use.
Gerley raced for 9 yards in the opening game of the Rams, but was lost by 5 yard losses. According to ESPN Stats & Information Research, Hurley made two accelerations for the first four games combined this season, this season.
Gerley rushed for 31 yards in six carries over two possessions. Last Sunday, he rushed for 16 yards on five carries throughout the game and, coming into Thursday's game, Hurley had a combined 35 yards in the first quarter for the Rams, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
"We lost the game, so it doesn't really matter what happened in the first quarter," Gerley said.
However, the recipient, Cooper Kopp, said that setting Garley helped the offense set the pace.
"You see this in our action game," said Kopp. "It gets working, and it helps us not be one-dimensional."
In the second quarter, at the Seahawks 20-yard line, Hurley rushed for 3 yards , but was stripped of the Seahawks' defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who also pulled the ball. The turnover became Gurley's fifth career loss of cod as a towel.
On the opening third quarter drive, Gerley limited 75 hexes. 8-yard scoring drive with an 8-yard run into the end zone, and at the end of the quarter he rushed for a 1-yard touchdown to give Rams a 26-21 lead.
smiling during the last two Rams possessions when they broke through one
"It just felt like we were in a two-minute mode," McVeigh said. "Of course, that's something I think of. that you go back and look and you can say that maybe we will do it differently. But at the time, it was with my gut. "