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Snap Count Analysis: Rams Able to Rest Starters in Fourth Quarter vs. 49ers 

The Rams moved to 7-0 on the season with their 39-10 victory over the 49ers. With L.A. holding a significant lead in the fourth quarter, the team was able to play many of its reserves on Sunday. Here's a look at the snap counts from all three phases.


— Los Angeles' defense led the way on Sunday, surrendering only 10 points and 228 total yards. The club also had a season high four takeaways.

— No one player was on the field for 100 percent of the club's defensive snaps. Defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh played the most with 54 snaps (93 percent). Among defensive lineman, Michael Brockers was next at 47 snaps (81 percent).

— Defensive tackle Aaron Donald made the most of his 46 snaps (79 percent), sacking quarterback C.J. Beathard 4.0 times and recording six tackles for loss. He also had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

— Inside linebacker Cory Littleton also had a terrific game playing on both defense and special teams. The signal-caller led L.A. with 10 total tackles — adding three TFLs and 2.0 sacks in 44 defensive snaps (76 percent). He also played five special teams snaps, getting his hands on a punt for the fifth time since the start of the 2017 season.

— Starting corners Marcus Peters and Troy Hill both played 47 snaps (81 percent). Hill recorded the first interception of his professional career in the second quarter and was also credited for one pass defensed.

— Rookie outside linebacker Trevon Young made the most of his nine snaps (16 percent), coming up with a key fumble recovery early in the contest.

— Among the reserves who played were inside linebacker Bryce Hager (14 snaps), safety Blake Countess (11 snaps), inside linebacker Ramik Wilson (10 snaps), cornerback Dominique Hatfield (six snaps), and outside linebacker Justin Lawler (three snaps).


— Three offensive players were on the field for all 61 offensive snaps: left tackle Andrew Whitworth, right guard Austin Blythe, and right tackle Rob Havenstein. Blythe switched positions from guard to center late in the contest when the Rams inserted most of their reserves.

— When that happened, linemen Jamon Brown and Joe Noteboom came in to play left guard and right guard, respectively. Both played 10 snaps (16 percent).

— Los Angeles split its running back snaps more than usual, with Gurley playing 36 snaps (59 percent) and Brown taking 25 snaps (41 percent). The carries were fairly evenly split, too, with Gurley taking 15 for 63 yards and Brown taking 13 for 65 yards. Gurley also had four receptions for 23 yards.

— Quarterback Jared Goff, center John Sullivan, left guard Rodger Saffold, and wide receiver Josh Reynolds played 51 snaps (84 percent). Starting for the injured Cooper Kupp, Reynolds made one reception for 19 yards on the only target he received in the game.

— Wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods each played 50 snaps (82 percent). Woods finished with five receptions for 78 yards, while Cooks had four receptions for 64 yards with a touchdown.

— Wide receiver Nick Williams — signed last Tuesday to help fill the void of Kupp — played 10 snaps, making a pair of receptions for 17 yards on two targets.

— At tight end, Tyler Higbee led with 42 snaps (69 percent), followed by Gerald Everett with 22 snaps (36 percent), and Johnny Mundt with 11 snaps (18 percent).


— Of players without an offensive and defensive snap, rookie linebacker Micah Kiser led the way on special teams with 21 snaps (70 percent).

— Kicker Greg Zuerlein was on the field for 15 snaps in his first game back from a groin injury, nailing all three of his field goals, all four of his extra points, and sending seven of eight kickoffs deep enough for touchbacks.

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