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Rams Snap Count Review: Week 7 vs. The Cardinals

Posted Oct 23, 2017

A weekly look at the snap count totals for the Rams along with playing time observations from the team’s Week 7 contest against Arizona.

Los Angeles had one of its best performances of the season on Sunday, dominating in all three phases to beat the Cardinals 33-0. Week 7’s contest marked the team’s first shutout since December 2014. Below is a list of the reps taken for each player in this weekend’s game, broken down into offense, defense and special teams

OFFENSIVE SNAP COUNTS

- The Rams offense had one of its most complete games against the Cardinals, effectively driving the ball downfield and capitalizing on the majority of its possessions. In last week’s win over the Jaguars, Los Angeles took just 58 offensive snaps, but in Week 7 the team took a season high 80 snaps. The Rams also dominated in time of possession with 39:01 to the Cardinals’ 20:59. 

- The Rams offensive line saw a bit more rotation in Sunday’s contest. Left guard Rodger Saffold and right tackle Rob Havenstein played the entire 80 snaps, while right guard Jamon Brown and Andrew Whitworth played 78 and 76, respectively. Center John Sullivan suffered a knee injury towards the end of the game and was unable to return. But Austin Blythe was able to step in seamlessly, and took the remaining 32 snaps.

- Running back Todd Gurley put on another impressive show in Week 7 notching his fourth 100-yard performance in the last five games — taking 55 total snaps. But Los Angeles was able to showcase its depth at the position as Malcolm Brown filled in for Gurley in 22 snaps. He was particularly impressive during the Rams’ 10:19, 80-yard drive culminating in a touchdown pass to wide receiver Cooper Kupp in the fourth quarter.

- Tight end Derek Carrier saw his playing time increase against the Cardinals. Carrier out-snapped Gerald Everett as the No. 2 tight end on Sunday, playing in 22 of the Rams’ offensive snaps or 28 percent of the team’s total time on offense. While against the Seahawks Everett played 26 snaps to Carrier’s six. 

DEFENSIVE SNAP COUNTS

- On defense, L.A. held the Cardinals to just 193 total yards and 10 first downs. The unit was led by linebacker Alec Ogletree, cornerback Trumaine Johnson and Kayvon Webster as well as free safety Lamarcus Joyner who took at least 44 defensive snaps, playing 90 percent of the team’s time on defense.

- Joyner saw his first game action in four games after suffering from a hamstring injury in Week 3. In 44 snaps, the safety recorded two solo tackles, a pass deflection and an interception. Ogletree’s pass rush forced quarterback Carson Palmer to throw an errant pass that was picked off by Joyner. The play set the Rams up for an 18-yard touchdown run.

- Los Angeles also showcased its depth on defense in Week 7, particularly the depth of the defensive line. Defensive tackles Matt Longacre and Ethan Westbrooks only played 15 and nine snaps, respectively but both recorded a sack on Sunday. Aaron Donald, who took 44 snaps — the most of all defensive linemen — also recorded a sack, along with two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits.

- Linebacker Mark Barron has been limited in practice for the last week after suffering from a broken thumb. But Barron still played 31 snaps on Sunday with a cast on his hand and was still able to record an interception off quarterback Drew Stanton.

SPECIAL TEAMS SNAP COUNTS

- Once again kicker Greg Zuerlein — who played in 14 special teams snaps — was perfect on the day, completing four field goal attempts and three point after attempts, to push his season total to 84 points.