The Los Angeles Rams continue to roll. Coming off an exciting 51 to 17 win against the New York Giants, the Rams are en route to making this a season to remember. At the halfway point in the season, it is time to take a look at where the Rams were this time last year with a week-by-week comparison.
2016 Rams at 49ers: Speaking of a season to remember, here is a game every Rams fan wishes they could forget. Rams had only 185 total yards of offense. Case Keenum accounted for 130 of those yards and threw two interceptions. Todd Gurley had 17 carries for 47 yards. Johnny Hekker punted 10 times and the Rams third down efficiency was at an abysmal 20 percent. The defense did not record a single sack and the Rams did not score a single point, losing the game 0-28 to their division, and renewed, California rivals.
2017 Rams at Colts: If it wasn’t apparent, the contrast between these two games is a perfect example of the contrast between these two seasons. Rams had 373 total yards of offense. Jared Goff threw for 310 of those yards and zero interceptions. Todd Gurley, still sputtering, ran for 40 yards on 19 attempts. Johnny Hekker punted five times and the Rams had a third down efficiency of 35 percent. The defense recorded three sacks and held the Colts to only nine points, winning the game 46-9.
2016 Seahawks at Rams: The Rams did better in week two netting 283 offensive yards. Case Keenum was sacked three times and the red zone efficiency was zero percent. Keenum threw for 239 yards and zero interceptions. Todd Gurley rushed a miserable 51 yards on 19 attempts. The defense recorded two sacks, forced two fumbles, and only allowed three points. The Rams would go on to beat the Seahawks 3-9, recording their first win without scoring a single touchdown.
2017 Rams at Redskins: Still a mystery this early in the season, the Rams faced a tough Redskins team. They netted 332 yards on offense. Jared Goff was sacked twice and the red zone efficiency was an improved 50 percent. Goff threw for 219 yards and one interception. Todd Gurley improved some, rushing for 88 yards on 16 attempts. The defense recorded two sacks and had a forced fumble allowing 27 points. The Rams lose to the Redskins 20-27.
2016 Rams at Buccaneers: The Rams score their first touchdowns of the season with four on the night. Case Keenum threw for 190 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Meanwhile, Todd Gurley had 27 attempts to gain 85 yards and has two touchdowns. The defense records two sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble. Rams record eight penalties for 69 yards. The Rams score a touchdown in every quarter and barely win this one 37-32.
2017 Rams at 49ers: The Rams gave the 49ers their only two wins of last season, this year, they knew they had to win this game. In a high powered offensive battle the Rams come away with five touchdowns. Jared Goff threw for 292 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions in his homecoming. Gurley finally has a breakthrough game with 113 rushing yards on 28 attempts and two touchdowns. The defense records four sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble. Rams record seven penalties for 57 yards. The Rams, again, score a touchdown in every quarter and hold on for a win 41-39.
2016 Rams at Cardinals: The Rams head into this game as the underdog. Case Keenum completes 18 of 30 for 266 yards. Todd Gurley has 19 rushes for 33 yards and five receptions for 49 yards. Three receivers record four or more receptions and the Rams record 12 total first downs. The defense records three sacks, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles all while holding running back David Johnson to 83 yards rushing. The Rams hold on for a 17-13 victory.
2017 Rams at Cowboys: Again the Rams are the underdog, many fans are using this game to gauge the sincerity of the Rams success. Jared Goff completes 21 of 36 for 255 yards. Todd Gurley records 23 rushes for 121 yards and seven receptions for 94 yards. Eight different receivers record receptions and Rams record 24 total first downs. The defense records two sacks and one interception, holding running back Ezekiel Elliott to 85 yards rushing. The Rams defeat the Cowboys at home 35-30.
2016 Bills at Rams: Case Keenum completes 21 of 31 attempts for zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Rams third down efficiency is 33 percent. Todd Gurley fumbles twice. The defense records 2 sacks and surrender 305 yards of total offense. The Rams score one touchdown with the rest of their points coming by way of field goal. Greg Zuerlein is the scoring leader going four of four for 12 of the Rams 19 points. The Rams lose to the Bills 30-19.
2017 Seahawks at Rams: Jared Goff completes 22 of 47 attempts for zero touchdowns and two interceptions, while the Rams third down efficiency is a strong 53 percent. Todd Gurley fumbles once. The defense records three sacks and surrenders 241 yards of total offense. The Rams score one touchdown with the rest of their points coming by way of field goal. The Rams lose to the Seahawks 16-10.
2016 Rams at Lions: Todd Gurley’s struggles continue as he records under 100 all-purpose yards with 58 rushing and 39 receiving. Case Keenum throws three touchdowns and one interception. The Rams offense records 23 first downs and have a third down efficiency of 66 percent while the red zone efficiency is 75 percent. The defense records one sack on the day and the Rams lose to the lions on a last minute field goal 28-31.
2017 Rams at Jaguars: Todd Gurley has another great game recording 120 all-purpose yards, 116 of those yards on the ground. Jared Goff throws for one touchdown and no interceptions. The offense records 12 first downs and have a third down efficiency of 30 percent. The red zone efficiency is 50 percent. The defense records five sacks and surrender 389 yards of total offense. The Rams put up three touchdowns against a stout Jacksonville Jaguar defense and win it 27-17 thanks in part to stellar special teams play.
2016 Giants at Rams: Tavon Austin leads the Rams receivers with 10 receptions for 57 yards and the Rams lone touchdown. Case Keenum throws one touchdown and four interceptions. Johnny Hekker punts seven times and the Rams record eight penalties for 53 yards. The Rams do not force a single turnover and score zero points in the last three quarters of the game. They go on to lose 17-10 in a London game.
2017 Rams at Cardinals: Robert Woods leads the Rams with five receptions for 59 yards. Jared Goff throws one touchdown and one interception, also rushing for an additional touchdown. Johnny Hekker only punts twice and the Rams record six penalties for 40 yards. The Rams force three turnovers, two interceptions and one fumble recovery. The Rams score 20 points in the second quarter alone and the defense allows zero points in four quarters. Rams shut out the Cardinals 33-0.
At the end of the year, the 2016 Rams had 245 first downs, a 31 percent third down efficiency, 4203 total offensive yards, 98 punts, 126 penalties, 29 turnovers, 49 sacks and 24 touchdowns.
This year’s Rams, after week nine, have 164 first downs, a 49 percent third down efficiency, 3057 total offensive yards, 27 punts, 52 penalties, 6 turnovers, 25 sacks and 27 touchdowns.
You could look over every stat and compare 2016 Rams to the current Rams and come to the same conclusion; the 2017 Rams are better. This team is fun to watch and dropping 51 points on the Giants was nothing short of spectacular. To top it all off, they will only get better. You can relax now, Rams fans. This team is good.