2000 St. Louis Rams season

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2000 St. Louis Rams season
Head coach Mike Martz
Owner Georgia Frontiere
Home field Trans World Dome
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd NFC West
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Saints) 31–28
Pro Bowlers 5
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1999 2001

The 2000 St. Louis Rams season was the team's 63rd year with the National Football League and the sixth season in St. Louis. The Rams finished the regular-season with a record of 10–6 but would go on to lose to the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. They led the NFL in scoring for a second straight year with 540 points. The Rams became the first team in NFL history to score more than 500 points on offense, while allowing more than 450 points on defense.[1]

Running back Marshall Faulk was named the MVP of the regular season. It was the second straight time a Rams player was named MVP.

After the resignation of Dick Vermeil, who had been the Rams' head coach through St. Louis' 1999 championship season, Mike Martz took over as head coach, and attempted to defend the Rams' Super Bowl XXXIV title. The Rams' "Greatest Show on Turf" continued its offensive dominance, scoring 33.7 points per game.

Statistically, Football Outsiders calculates that the 2000 Rams had the most efficient rushing attack of any single-season NFL team from 1993–2010.[2] The 2000 Rams are one of only three teams in NFL history to score 35 points or more nine times in a single season.[3][4] The Rams' offense offset the team's defensive struggles: St. Louis' 471 points allowed in 2000 is the most ever surrendered by an NFL team with a winning record.[5]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
31 St. Louis Rams Trung Canidate Running Back Arizona

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Preseason
Week Date Opponent Result Kickoff Game site TV Record Attendance
HOF Bye
1 August 5, 2000 Oakland Raiders W 31–17 7:00 p.m. Trans World Dome 1–0
64,125
2 August 14, 2000 Tennessee Titans L 30–3 6:00 p.m. Adelphia Coliseum ABC 1–1
68,072
3 August 19, 2000 Buffalo Bills L 31–27 7:00 p.m. Trans World Dome 1–2
64,900
4 August 24, 2000 Dallas Cowboys W 24–17 7:20 p.m. Texas Stadium ESPN 2–2
57,261
Regular season
Week Date Opponent Result Kickoff Game site TV Record Attendance
1 September 4, 2000 Denver Broncos W 41–36 8:00 p.m. Trans World Dome ABC 1–0
65,956
2 September 10, 2000 at Seattle Seahawks W 37–34 3:15 p.m. Husky Stadium FOX 2–0
64,869
3 September 17, 2000 San Francisco 49ers W 41–24 12:00 p.m. Trans World Dome FOX 3–0
65,945
4 September 24, 2000 at Atlanta Falcons W 41–20 12:00 p.m. Georgia Dome FOX 4–0
58,761
5 October 1, 2000 San Diego Chargers W 57–31 12:00 p.m Trans World Dome CBS 5–0
66,010
6 Bye
7 October 15, 2000 Atlanta Falcons W 45–29 12:00 p.m. Trans World Dome FOX 6–0
66,019
8 October 22, 2000 at Kansas City Chiefs L 54–34 12:00 p.m. Arrowhead Stadium FOX 6–1
79,142
9 October 29, 2000 at San Francisco 49ers W 34–24 3:15 p.m. 3Com Park FOX 7–1
68,109
10 November 5, 2000 Carolina Panthers L 27–24 7:30 p.m. Trans World Dome ESPN 7–2
66,048
11 November 12, 2000 at New York Giants W 38–24 3:15 p.m. Giants Stadium FOX 8–2
78,174
12 November 20, 2000 Washington Redskins L 33–20 8:00 p.m. Trans World Dome ABC 8–3
66,087
13 November 26, 2000 New Orleans Saints L 31–24 3:05 p.m. Trans World Dome FOX 8–4
66,064
14 December 3, 2000 at Carolina Panthers L 16–3 12:00 p.m. Ericsson Stadium FOX 8–5
73,358
15 December 10, 2000 Minnesota Vikings W 40–29 3:15 p.m. Trans World Dome FOX 9–5
66,273
16 December 18, 2000 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 38–35 8:00 p.m. Raymond James Stadium ABC 9–6
65,653
17 December 24, 2000 at New Orleans Saints W 26–21 12:00 p.m. Louisiana Superdome FOX 10–6
64,900
Postseason
18 December 30, 2000 at New Orleans Saints L 31–28 3:15 p.m. Louisiana Superdome ABC 10–7
64,900

Season summary[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 10 10 9 36
Rams 7 14 14 6 41


Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT PF PA
(3) New Orleans Saints 10 6 0 .625 354 305
(6) St. Louis Rams 10 6 0 .625 540 471
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 310 310
San Francisco 49ers 6 10 0 .375 388 422
Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 .250 252 413

Best performances[edit]

  • Marshall Faulk, October 15, 208 rushing yards vs. Atlanta Falcons
  • Marshall Faulk, December 24, 220 rushing yards vs. New Orleans Saints
  • Trent Green, 431 passing yards vs. the Carolina Panthers, (achieved on November 5) [6]
  • Kurt Warner, 441 passing yards vs. the Denver Broncos, (achieved on September 4) [6]

Statistics[edit]

  • Led NFL, Average Yards per play (7.0 yards) [7]
  • NFL record, Combined Net Yards Gained (7,075 Yards) [7]
  • NFL record, Passing Yards, (5,232)
  • Led NFL, First Downs, Passing (247 First Downs) [7]
  • Led NFL, Passes Completed (380 Passes) [7]
  • Led NFL, Passing Offense [7]
  • Led NFL, Passing Touchdowns (37)[7]
  • Led NFL, Percentage of Passes Completed (64.7%) [7]
  • Led NFL, Rushing Touchdowns (26)[7]
  • Led NFL, Third Down Efficiency (47.5% of third downs converted) [7]
  • Led NFL, Total Offense [7]
  • Led NFL, Total Touchdowns (67)[7]
  • Led NFL, Two-Point Conversions (tied), 4 [7]
  • Led NFL, Yards Gained per Completed Pass (14.5 yards) [7]

Playoffs[edit]

NFC Wildcard Game[edit]

New Orleans Saints 31, St. Louis Rams 28
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 7 0 0 21 28
Saints 0 10 7 14 31

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Saints won their first playoff game in their 34-year history with quarterback Aaron Brooks' 266 passing yards and four touchdowns, and by holding off the defending champion Rams, who scored three touchdowns in the final quarter. Rams quarterback Kurt Warner lost four turnovers (three interceptions and a fumble), while running back Marshall Faulk, who shredded the Saints with 220 rushing yards when they played against them in the regular season, was held to a season low of 24 yards on the ground.

Awards and records[edit]

  • Marshall Faulk, NFL MVP
  • Marshall Faulk, Associated Press MVP
  • Marshall Faulk, Associated Press All-Pro
  • Marshall Faulk, All-NFL Team (as selected by the Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly, and the Pro Football Writers of America) [8]
  • Marshall Faulk, Associated Press Most Valuable Player [9]
  • Marshall Faulk, Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year [9]
  • Marshall Faulk, Daniel F. Reeves Memorial Award
  • Marshall Faulk, Football Digest Player of the Year[9]
  • Marshall Faulk, College and Pro Football Newsweekly Offensive Player of the Year [9]
  • Marshall Faulk, Miller Lite Player of the Year [9]
  • Marshall Faulk, NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Week 3 [8]
  • Marshall Faulk, NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Week 7 [8]
  • Marshall Faulk, NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Week 17 [8]
  • Marshall Faulk, NFC Offensive Player of the Month, October [8]
  • Marshall Faulk, NFC Offensive Player of the Month, December [8]
  • Marshall Faulk, Pro Football Writers of America Most Valuable Player [9]
  • Marshall Faulk, Sporting News Player of the Year [9]
  • Marshall Faulk, Sports Illustrated Player of the Year [9]
  • London Fletcher, NFC Defensive Player of the Week, Week 15 [8]
  • Trent Green, NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Week 11 [8]
  • Trent Green, NFC Passer Rating Leader, (101.8 rating) [10]
  • Az-Zahir Hakim, All-NFL Team (as selected by the Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly, and the Pro Football Writers of America) [8]
  • Az-Zahir Hakim, NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, Week 9 [8]
  • Az-Zahir Hakim, PFW/PFWA All-Pro Team [11]
  • Kurt Warner, NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Week 5 [8]
  • Kurt Warner, NFC Offensive Player of the Month, September [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sports Illustrated
  2. ^ Final 2010 DVOA Ratings
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1940 to 2011, in the regular season, requiring Points For >= 35, sorted by most games in season matching criteria.
  4. ^ The other two are the 1948 49ers and the 2011 Packers
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1940 to 2012, in the Regular Season, team with winning record, sorted by descending Points Allowed.
  6. ^ a b NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 439
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 215
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 202
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 201
  10. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 450
  11. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 203