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Rams Snap Count Review: Week 12 vs. Saints

The Rams took down the Saints 26-20 in a battle between two NFC divisional leaders. With the win, Los Angeles snapped New Orleans' eight-game winning streak and reached eight wins for the first time since 2006.

Below is some analysis of the Rams' snap counts from Sunday.


— The Rams vastly improved their offensive snaps count with 77 snaps on Sunday over last week's 59. The 77 snaps covered 12 possessions and 24 first downs, extending over 35 minutes during the contest.

— For the second consecutive week, the starting offensive line — left tackle Andrew Whitworth, left guard Rodger Saffold, center John Sullivan, right tackle Rob Havenstein and right guard Jamon Brown — played all 77 snaps. Quarterback Jared Goff was also in for the entire duration of the game.  

— With wide receiver Robert Woods ruled out against the Saints, a variety of wideouts saw their playing time increase in Week 12. Most notably, were the significant increases to Tavon Austin and Josh Reynolds' snap counts. After playing just two and eight snaps against the Vikings, respectively, their snaps increased to 27 and 61 on Sunday. The contest also marked Reynolds' first career start.

— Running back Todd Gurley received the most playing time of all skill players, with 90 percent of the snaps. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was a close second, participating in 83 percent of the team's offensive snaps. Together, the pair combined for 210 yards and one touchdown.

— Though L.A. led essentially from start to finish, head coach Sean McVay elected to keep the majority of his starters in for almost all offensive snaps, speaking to the close nature of the game. The club's 11 starters played an average of 66 snaps each with only six backups rotating in throughout the day.


— Three Rams starters were in for all 57 defensive snaps against the Saints — middle linebacker Alec Ogletree, cornerback Trumaine Johnson, and strong safety John Johnson III. This game marks the second week in a row that Ogletree and Trumaine Johnson played every snap.

— On the line, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips chose to remain with Ethan Westbrooks as the starter at nose tackle, alongside Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers. Of the three, Donald saw the most playing time, in 91 percent of the team's 57 snaps. In all, he accounted for five tackles, one sack, one quarterback hit, and two tackles for loss.  

— After leaving the field with a concussion in last week's contest against the Vikings, cornerback Kayvon Webster returned on Sunday, playing 98 percent of the snaps.

— Though the Rams' secondary was anchored by both starting corners, it was without cornerback Nickell-Robey Coleman, who has been an important part of the unit thus far. With Robey-Coleman out, free safety Lamarcus Joyner (56 snaps) played a good portion of the contest as a slot corner. As such, strong safety Blake Countess continued to increase his time on field, playing 36 snaps.

— Outside linebacker Connor Barwin (17 snaps) exited the game early with an arm injury. Matt Longacre and Samson Ebukam were used in his place, participating in 28 and 23 snaps, respectively. Ebukam recorded his second career sack in the contest.

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