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Todd Gurley pleading with Rams fans to attend Sunday’s game

The Los Angeles Rams have stormed out of the gate with a surprising 3-1 record that arguably no one saw coming. But the team’s second season in L.A. has been marred by tepid interest in the team translating into poor attendance at the Coliseum.

And now, Rams running back Todd Gurley, an early candidate for MVP consideration, is pleading fans to attend Sunday’s game against the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks.

“Please come to our games! Please come to our games!,” Gurley said during an appearance this week on “The Rich Eisen Show,” as transcribed by CBS Sports. “Obviously I guess the Seahawks have had lots of success over the past few years so there’s a lot of Seahawks fans. So there will probably be a lot of Seahawks fans at the game. But that doesn’t matter. We’re just happy to have everybody come. And obviously if you start winning, the fans will start coming. Hopefully we can take this one this weekend and they’ll keep coming.”

The Rams return home to the L.A. Memorial Coliseum Sunday after two road victories over the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys. The team had opened the season with two home games, a 46-9 thrashing of the Indianapolis Colts and a hard-fought 27-20 loss to the Washington Redskins.

A divisional match-up with the Seahawks (2-2) obviously is a huge game, and a win could establish the Rams as legitimate NFC West title contenders past the quarter-pole of the regular season.

Despite what should be great story in L.A., the Rams are suffering from the worst decline in attendance in the NFL in decades, according to analysis by Five Thirty Eight. The Rams are averaging approximately 58,000 fans in the team’s two home games, which is drop of about 26,000 from last season.

With that in mind, it makes perfect sense why Gurley is practically begging Rams fans to fill up the 93,000-plus-seat capacity Coliseum on Sunday. Whether fans do or not remains to be seen.