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Rams Snap Count Review: Week 10 vs. The Texans

Posted Nov 13, 2017

A weekly look at the snap count totals for the Rams along with playing time observations from Week 10’s contest against Houston.

The Rams put on a dominant second-half performance on Sunday at the Coliseum, outscoring the Texans 24-0 to win 33-7. With its fourth consecutive victory win, Los Angeles improves to 7-2 on the season. Below is a list of the reps taken for each player in Week 10, broken down into offense, defense, and special teams.

OFFENSIVE SNAP COUNTS

- The Rams starting offensive line played all 66 offensive snaps in Sunday’s contest, with the exception of left guard Rodger Saffold. Saffold left the contest early with an ankle injury after playing 51 snaps. Though head coach Sean McVay said Saffold “could have come back in” if needed, center Austin Blythe took over as the left guard in 23 percent of the Rams’ time on offense.

- Quarterback Jared Goff added to a string of impressive performances posting 355 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. He played through the entire contest, a change from last week when backup Sean Mannion relieved Goff in the fourth quarter.

- Wide receiver Robert Woods had a career day on Sunday catching eight passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. With 52 offensive snaps he also led the Rams with 10 targets.

- While Woods was the most targeted receiver, wideout Cooper Kupp saw the most playing time against the Texans. The Eastern Washington product played in 56 snaps, or 85 percent, of the team’s time on offense. Kupp caught six passes for 47 yards.

- Because the Rams had a slow start on Sunday, there was less room for rotation in the team’s lineup. But after scoring 21 points in the third quarter, head coach Sean McVay began to pull some of the team’s starters. As such, running back Lance Dunbar took 10 offensive snaps in his first game this season, resulting in five carries for 31 yards. Tight end Johnny Mundt — who was activated from the practice squad ahead of Sunday’s contest — participated in three snaps during the game.

DEFENSIVE SNAP COUNTS

- On defense, coordinator Wade Phillips made a slight change to the unit’s starting lineup. Defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks was the starting nose tackle between Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers on Sunday, recording four tackles and one for loss through 31 snaps. Defensive tackle Tanzel Smart, who had previously started four games as the Rams’ nose tackle, played just 16 of 70 defensive snaps — his lowest total of the season. 

- The rest of the Rams starting defensive line put together a dominant performance against the Texans, consistently putting pressure on quarterback Tom Savage. Both Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers played at least 45 snaps and recorded a combined six tackles, 2.0 sacks, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, and a pair of pass deflections. 

- For the second consecutive week, McVay pulled many of the team’s defensive starters during the fourth quarter. Overall, there was only one Rams starter who played all 70 defensive snaps — cornerback Kayvon Webster. Behind him, middle linebacker Alec Ogletree and linebacker Mark Barron saw the most playing time, participating in 90 percent of Los Angeles’ snaps.

- With outside linebacker Robert Quinn out for Sunday’s game with an illness, Matt Longacre got his first start of the season. He played in 49 of the team’s 70 defensive snaps which was the most for any outside linebacker. Overall, Longacre recorded one tackle, two quarterback hits, and a fumble recovery.

- Sunday’s contest marked an impressive night for the rookies as well. Outside linebacker Ejuan Price made his Rams debut on Sunday, playing 21 snaps on defense and three on special teams. Outside linebacker Samson Ebukam also recorded a sack-fumble and two quarterback hits on Sunday through 22 defensive snaps. 

SPECIAL TEAMS SNAP COUNTS

- As has become the trend, kicker Greg Zuerlein had another perfect afternoon. Through 15 special teams snaps, Zuerlein nailed four field-goal attempts and three extra-point attempts, bringing his season total to 114 points scored.

- Wide receiver Pharoh Cooper — who participated in 15 special teams snaps  — had a long punt return (27) to set up an L.A. touchdown in the third quarter. Against the Texans, Cooper averaged 10.7 yards per punt and 24.7 yards per kickoff. With that performance, the former South Carolina standout leads the league in kickoff return yards (543) and ranks No. 4 in yards per punt return (11.2).