The Rams begin their 2018 season 1-0 after a 33-13 victory over the Raiders on Monday Night Football. Here’s a look at the snap counts from the first week of the season.
— Head coach Sean McVay notably elected to rest the offensive starters throughout the course of the preseason. But the first group of 11 played nearly all of the club’s 63 offensive snaps in the first week of the season.
— As usual, quarterback Jared Goff and all five of the starting offensive linemen played every snap. Austin Blythe stepped in at right guard for Jamon Brown, who is currently serving a two-game suspension.
— The wide receiver trio of Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, and Cooper Kupp each played 61 snaps (97 percent). That’s a fairly high number from those three.
— Tight end Tyler Higbee was in for 60 plays (95 percent). Paired with the snap counts from the wide receivers, that means Los Angeles was almost in exclusively ’11’ personnel — one running back, one tight end, three wide receivers.
— Running back Todd Gurley was in for 59 plays (94 percent). He recorded 147 yards from scrimmage — 108 yards on 20 carries, and 39 yards on three receptions.
— The four plays Gurley was not in, Malcolm Brown took his place on offense (six percent of snaps). Brown was productive, too, taking a carry for five yards and making two receptions for 18 yards. The Rams had only Gurley and Brown active at the running back position on Monday, with John Kelly and Justin Davis inactive.
— Tight end Gerald Everett (five snaps), tight end Johnny Mundt (two snaps), and wide receiver Josh Reynolds (two snaps) also were in on offense for minimal reps.
— Linebacker Cory Littleton, cornerback Marcus Peters, cornerback Aqib Talib, safety John Johnson, and safety Lamarcus Joyner played each of the Rams 74 defensive snaps against Oakland. Littleton led L.A. with 13 total tackles. He also recorded an interception and one pass defensed.
— McVay said during the week that defensive tackle Aaron Donald would not be on a “pitch count” for his snaps against the Raiders, and that proved to be true. Donald played 66 snaps (89 percent) — which is a high number for any defensive lineman.
— Defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh played 58 snaps (78 percent) in his debut as a Ram. He had four total tackles and a quarterback hit.
— Moving into a role as a starter, outside linebacker Samson Ebukam played 57 snaps (77 percent). He had a strong game, recording four total tackles — three for loss.
— L.A. used cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman on 47 snaps (64 percent) in the nickel and dime defensive packages.
— Inside linebacker Ramik Wilson started in place of Mark Barron and rotated with safety Marqui Christian depending on the defensive package. McVay had previously mentioned that the Rams were going to use Christian in their “dime” defensive package. Wilson played 35 snaps (47 percent) and Christian played 39 snaps (53 percent).
— Safety Blake Countess and linebacker Bryce Hager led the way on special teams snaps with 22 each (71 percent).
— Returner Pharoh Cooper (seven snaps) had to leave the game after suffering an ankle injury late in the contest. Kupp (one snap) took his place as the club’s punt returner in the fourth quarter.