Snap Count Analysis: Rams Used Few Offensive Subs vs. Bears

Los Angeles lost only its second game of the season on Sunday, dropping to 11-2 with a 15-6 loss to Chicago.

Here’s a look at the Rams’ snap counts from the primetime matchup.

OFFENSE

— Los Angeles’ offense struggled throughout the contest, managing only six points.

— The Rams had 63 offensive snaps, ran 61 offensive plays, but averaged only 3.5 yards per play en route to just 214 yards. That’s the lowest yardage output since Sean McVay took over as head coach. Los Angeles’ previous low was 249 total yards in last year’s 27-17 victory over the Jaguars.

— In the first game without reserve running back Malcolm Brown — who’s sidelined by a clavicle injury — running back Todd Gurley played all but one of Los Angeles’ 63 snaps. Gurley, however, was limited to just 28 yards on 11 carries, and three receptions for 30 yards.

— Six players were on the field for each of Los Angeles’ 63 snaps — but not the usual six. Offensive linemen Andrew Whitworth, Austin Blythe, and Rob Havenstein were able to play the entirety of the game. Center John Sullivan, however, was removed to be checked for a concussion. He cleared the protocol after missing just three snaps, with rookie Brian Allen filling in. Left guard Rodger Saffold also exited the game for five plays, but was able to re-enter with rookie Joe Noteboom playing at left guard for those snaps.

— Quarterback Jared Goff, wide receiver Robert Woods, and wide receiver Josh Reynolds were Los Angeles’ three other players on the field for each of the 63 snaps.

— Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee split time at tight end, with Everett playing the majority of snaps a the spot for the first time all season. Everett was in for 36 snaps (57 percent), and Higbee for 27 (43 percent). Everett had four receptions for 29 yards, with Higbee making one catch for nine yards. This is only the second time in his career that Everett has played at least 50 percent of snaps — the other being last year’s Week 17 loss to San Francisco where he played 50.8 percent of the time.

— Running back Justin Davis and wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge each played one offensive snap.

DEFENSE

— With Chicago using a wide variety of personnel groupings, the Rams had only one player on the field for all 71 defensive snaps on Sunday — defensive signal-caller Cory Littleton.

— Safety John Johnson was No. 2 on the list, playing 70 snaps (99 percent). Johnson caught his team-leading fourth interception in Week 14. He also had five tackles — one for loss.

— Many of Los Angeles’ other starters played 69 snaps (97 percent) — cornerback Aqib Talib, cornerback Marcus Peters, safety Lamarcus Joyner, and outside linebacker Dante Fowler. Fowler playing that many snaps is notable, as it was only his fifth game in a Rams uniform. Outside linebacker Matt Longacre was inactive for the contest.

— Defensive tackle Aaron Donald was on the field for 68 snaps (96 percent), but Chicago’s plan to limit him was effective as Donald had only total tackles and one quarterback hit.

— Defensive end John Franklin-Myers made the most of his 12 snaps (17 percent), recording a sack and a tackle for loss against the Bears. It was Franklin-Myers’ first sack since Week 4, when he brought down Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins.

SPECIAL TEAMS

— Bryce Hager and Blake Countess continue to lead the way in special teams snaps, each playing 88 percent (21 snaps).

– Running back John Kelly received his first action in Sunday’s contest, playing seven special teams snaps (29 percent).

— Returner JoJo Natson took back the Rams’ first kick, but Pharoh Cooper returned the next three. Cooper played only three special teams snaps on Sunday.

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