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Rams Snap Count Review: Week 9 vs. The Giants

Posted Nov 6, 2017

A weekly look at the snap count totals for the Rams along with playing time observations from Week 9 against New York.


The Rams put together a complete game in all three phases on Sunday, routing the Giants 51-17. The Week 9 contest improved Los Angeles to 6-2 and marked its third-straight win. 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

- Because the Rams were so far ahead, head coach Sean McVay pulled many of the team’s starters towards the beginning of the fourth quarter. As such, the only players to participate in all 64 offensive snaps were left guard Rodger Saffold, right guard Jamon Brown and right tackle Rob Havenstein. No one else played more than 80 percent of the team’s time on offense.

- Quarterback Jared Goff had arguably the best performance of his career in Week 9. Through 51 snaps, the Cal product completed 14-of-22 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns. Backup quarterback Sean Mannion relieved him in the fourth quarter.

- L.A. targeted 10 different receivers against New York, as the Rams put an emphasis on spreading the ball around to each of their offensive weapons. Wide receiver Robert Woods — who played 45 snaps — led the team in both targets and receptions with five and four, respectively. He also scored two of the team’s six touchdowns. 

- Wide receiver Tavon Austin increased his snaps by a wide margin against the Giants, participating in 45 percent of the Rams time on offense, or 29 snaps. Austin rushed six times for 34 yards, including a 21-yard run to the left to set up a Todd Gurley touchdown.

- Sammy Watkins was another receiver who had a big night on Sunday. Through 39 offensive snaps, Watkins recorded just one reception, but it was a big one. Goff connected with the wideout on a 67-yard pass in the second quarter to put the Rams ahead 24-7.

DEFENSIVE SNAP COUNTS

- As was the story on offense, McVay pulled many of the team’s defensive starters to start the fourth quarter. Overall, there were no Rams starters who played all 68 snaps. But middle linebacker Alec Ogletree, cornerback Kayvon Webster and linebacker Mark Barron led all defensive players with 58 snaps. Barron and Ogletree also led the unit with a combined 16 total tackles, a pass deflection and a forced fumble.

- Because Los Angeles was so effective in containing the Giants offense, Sunday saw a lot of rotation in the Rams defense. Many backups including cornerbacks Dominique Hatfield and Troy Hill, as well as safety Marqui Christian and linebacker Bryce Hager saw increased playing time with eight to 10 snaps each.  

- Defensive tackle Aaron Donald continued to dominate on the line — recording three total tackles, one sack, a quarterback hit, and a forced fumble — while playing just 68 percent of snaps.

- In all, the defensive unit nabbed three takeaways through the first half alone. Donald and Ogletree each recorded a forced fumble, while cornerback Trumaine Johnson – who took 55 snaps – recorded the game’s only interception off quarterback Eli Manning.

SPECIAL TEAMS SNAP COUNTS

- Once again, the Rams’ special teams unit proved why it is considered one of the most aggressive in the league. With his 25 special teams snaps, linebacker Cory Littleton blocked his second punt in the last three games. Littleton’s blocked punt put L.A. on the New York 18 and set up Gurley’s second rushing touchdown.

- Kicker Greg Zuerlein’s 19 special teams snaps accounted for six completed extra point attempts and three field goals. Through eight games Zuerlein has become the NFL’s leading scorer, totaling 99 points this season.

- Though wide receiver Pharoh Cooper took just 13 offensive snaps, his 11 special teams snaps gave the Rams good field position on each of his four punt returns. Overall, Cooper averaged 18.3 yards per punt, including a 30-yard return in the third quarter.