Rams Snap Count Review: Week 15 vs. The Seahawks


The Rams trounced the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, 42-7, improving their season record to 10-4. With the dominant win, L.A. put itself in a strong position to claim an NFC West title for the first time since 2003.

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

*OFFENSIVE SNAP COUNTS *

— The Rams played 21 different offensive players in Week 15. L.A. led by a wide margin throughout the entire contest, allowing head coach Sean McVay to take out the majority of his starters early in the fourth quarter. As such, the Rams saw just three players — left guard Rodger Saffold, right tackle Rob Havenstein, and right guard Jamon Brown — play all 71 snaps.

— Quarterback Jared Goff participated in just 79 percent of Sunday’s snaps before giving way to Sean Mannion, who played the remaining 15. Through three quarters, Goff completed 14-of-21 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

— Sunday’s contest marked wide receiver Robert Woods’ first time on field in three weeks, after injuring his shoulder against the Vikings. Even with the time away, Woods took on a heavy workload in Week 15 with 52 snaps. He and wide receiver Sammy Watkins led all skill players in this category and recorded a combined eight catches for 59 yards and one touchdown.

— Running back Todd Gurley continued to dominate both the air and on the ground, recording a team-high of four touchdowns through 45 snaps. Although the Georgia product took a larger percentage of snaps against the Eagles, he was given the ball considerably more on Sunday. In all, Gurley recorded 180 yards on 24 touches.

—  Several players saw increased snap count totals in Sunday’s win, including tight end Derek Carrier and running back Malcolm Brown. This week, Carrier and Brown each played 17 snaps — marking a 14-snap increase per player over last week’s loss to the Eagles.

*DEFENSIVE SNAP COUNTS *

— With cornerback Kayvon Webster out for the season with a ruptured achilles, cornerback Troy Hill saw a tremendous increase in his snap count total. On Sunday, Hill was the only player to participate in all 57 defensive snaps. He was followed by linebacker Cory Littleton (54 snaps) who was filling in for Mark Barron. Barron exited the contest early with a knee injury after taking just three snaps. 

— Although defensive tackle Aaron Donald took considerably less snaps on Sunday — down 21 percent from Week 14 — he continued to prove why he is a force to be reckoned with. Through just 39 snaps, Donald recorded five tackles, four quarterback hits, three sacks, two tackles for loss, and one forced fumble.

— Outside linebacker Connor Barwin made his return to game action on Sunday after breaking his forearm in Week 12. Barwin took 43 snaps and recorded five total tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, and two quarterback hits. He and Donald tied for the team lead in tackles.

— The Rams defense saw a lot of rotation in their lineup in Week 15, as defensive coordinator Wade Phillips elected to pull some of his starters in the fourth quarter. As such, cornerback Kevin Peterson, safety Marqui Christian, and linebacker Bryce Hager all saw increased playing time, participating in at least nine snaps each.

*SPECIAL TEAMS SNAP COUNTS *

— Wide receiver Pharoh Cooper set the tone on special teams recording 180 return yards on Sunday — 128 on punts and 52 on kickoffs — through 19 special teams snaps. With Cooper’s elite performance on Sunday, the Rams had an average drive start position of their own 47-yard line.

— Kicker Greg Zuerlein racked up 10 points on Sunday through 15 snaps, bringing his season total to a league-high 158.

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