2017 Los Angeles Rams season

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2017 Los Angeles Rams season
Head coach Sean McVay
General manager Les Snead
Owner Stan Kroenke
Home field Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 1st NFC West
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Falcons) 13–26
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros

The 2017 Los Angeles Rams season was the franchise's 80th season in the National Football League, the 81st overall, the 51st in the Greater Los Angeles Area and the first under new head coach Sean McVay as well as a new coaching staff. The Rams improved on their 4–12 record from last season. With a win over the Arizona Cardinals, the Rams clinched their first winning season since 2003. The team played a game in London, England at Twickenham Stadium against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7 as one of the NFL London Games.

For the second consecutive year, the Rams started out in first place in the NFC West with a 3–1 record. The Los Angeles Rams also scored 107 points in the first three games of the season, the second highest in franchise history and a league leader. Furthermore, the team went from being dead last in total offense the previous season with an NFL-low 224 points to becoming the highest scoring team in the league in 2017 with an average of 29.9 points per game and 478 total points scored - tops in both categories. On Christmas Eve, the Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans 27–23 to clinch the NFC West for the first time since 2003 and their first playoff berth since 2004. This was also their first division title as the Los Angeles Rams since the 1985 season. Their promising season came to a end as they were defeated by the No. 6 seed and defending NFC Champions, the Atlanta Falcons, 13–26 in the Wild Card Round.

Offseason[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

On January 20: The Rams hired Sean McVay as the team's new head coach. Interim head coach John Fassel had replaced Jeff Fisher following Fisher's firing in Week 12 of 2016.

On January 21: The Rams hired Wade Phillips as the team's newest defensive coordinator.

On January 22: The Rams hired Matt LaFleur as the newest offensive coordinator.

Uniform changes[edit]

The Rams underwent a moderate uniform change, removing New Century Gold from their helmets and pants while leaving their jerseys unchanged. The Rams allowed their fans to decide on which pants stripes and facemask color they wanted the team to use via polls on their social media pages, with a single navy striped pants and white facemask winning.[1]

Draft[edit]

2017 Los Angeles Rams draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 44 Gerald Everett  TE South Alabama
3 69 Cooper Kupp  WR Eastern Washington
3 91 John Johnson III  S Boston College
4 117 Josh Reynolds  WR Texas A&M
4 125 Samson Ebukam  LB Eastern Washington
6 189 Tanzel Smart  DT Tulane
6 206 Sam Rogers  FB Virginia Tech
7 234 Ejuan Price  DE Pittsburgh
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

  • The Rams traded their 2017 first-round selection (No. 5 overall), a 2017 third-round compensatory selection (No. 100 overall), along with their 2016 first-, two second– and third-round selections to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for the Titans' 2016 first-, fourth- and sixth round selections.
  • The Rams were awarded an additional compensatory selection — No. 141 overall.

Undrafted free agents[edit]

2017 Los Angeles Rams Undrafted Free Agents
Position Player College Notes
RB Justin Davis USC
NT Omarious Bryant Western Kentucky
RB Lenard Tillery Southern University
TE Johnny Mundt Oregon

Staff[edit]

2017 Los Angeles Rams staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Opening training camp roster[edit]

Los Angeles Rams 2017 opening training camp roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • Currently empty


Rookies in italics

Roster updated July 29, 2017
Depth chartTransactions
90 Active, 0 Inactive

AFC rostersNFC rosters

Final roster[edit]

2017 Los Angeles Rams final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 9 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Rams' preliminary preseason schedule was announced on April 10.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 12 Dallas Cowboys W 13–10 1–0 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
2 August 19 at Oakland Raiders W 24–21 2–0 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Recap
3 August 26 Los Angeles Chargers L 19–21 2–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
4 August 31 at Green Bay Packers L 10–24 2–2 Lambeau Field Recap

Regular season[edit]

The Rams' regular season schedule was announced on April 20.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 10 Indianapolis Colts W 46–9 1–0 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
2 September 17 Washington Redskins L 20–27 1–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
3 September 21 at San Francisco 49ers W 41–39 2–1 Levi's Stadium Recap
4 October 1 at Dallas Cowboys W 35–30 3–1 AT&T Stadium Recap
5 October 8 Seattle Seahawks L 10–16 3–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
6 October 15 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 27–17 4–2 EverBank Field Recap
7 October 22 Arizona Cardinals W 33–0 5–2 Twickenham Stadium (London, England) Recap
8 Bye
9 November 5 at New York Giants W 51–17 6–2 MetLife Stadium Recap
10 November 12 Houston Texans W 33–7 7–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
11 November 19 at Minnesota Vikings L 7–24 7–3 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
12 November 26 New Orleans Saints W 26–20 8–3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
13 December 3 at Arizona Cardinals W 32–16 9–3 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
14 December 10 Philadelphia Eagles L 35–43 9–4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
15 December 17 at Seattle Seahawks W 42–7 10–4 CenturyLink Field Recap
16 December 24 at Tennessee Titans W 27–23 11–4 Nissan Stadium Recap
17 December 31 San Francisco 49ers L 13–34 11–5 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Postseason[edit]

Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 6, 2018 Atlanta Falcons (6) L 13–26 0–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Week One: Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 3 0 069
Rams 10 17 10946

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

The Rams started their season at home against the Colts. The Rams started their season 1-0 with a blowout win over the Colts 46-9 and Sean McVay starts his head coaching career as the youngest coach to win in his professional debut.

Week 2: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Two: Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Redskins 3 17 0727
Rams 0 10 7320

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

Week 3: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Three: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 14 10 10741
49ers 7 6 71939

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information

In one of the closest games of the 2017 NFL season and Thursday Night Football, the Rams wear their all Gold Rush uniforms. The Rams and 49ers put up many points making this a close game, but it was the Rams that ended up winning 41-39. Sean McVay earns his second head coach career win and quarterback Jared Goff made a career high three touchdowns. Todd Gurley scores for 3 total touchdowns and Sammy Watkins had a career high 6 receptions. Tight-end Tyler Higbee also had a career-high 4 receptions.

The Rams improved to 2-1.

Week 4: at Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Four: Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 3 13 10935
Cowboys 3 21 0630

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

In what turned out to be one of the biggest upsets in the 2017 season, the Los Angeles Rams turned a 16-24 deficit into a 35-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys. With this victory, the Rams improved to 3-1 and for the second consecutive week the team led the NFC West.

Week 5: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Five: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 10 3316
Rams 0 10 0010

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

Week 6: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week Six: Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 17 7 0327
Jaguars 14 0 3017

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Game information

The game started off explosive with receiver Pharoh Cooper getting a return touchdown in seconds of the opening game giving Cooper's first career touchdown. The Jaguars responded by having running back Leonard Fournette rush for the touchdown followed by another through quarterback Blake Bortles to a receiver giving the Jaguars a 10-14 lead over the Rams, however the lead wouldn't last as Jared Goff would hit tight end Gerald Everett in his first career touchdown, giving their team a 17-14. which would be further extended by a blocked punt by linebacker Cory Littleton and picked up by running back Malcolm Brown to the Rams third touchdown with a 24-14 lead. In the second quarter and for the rest of the game, both the Rams and Jaguars defenses dominated with their offenses doing little but the former team was shutting down the Jaguars offense and even had Leonard Fournette injured, on a drive Blake Bortles had accidentally fumbled the ball which was recovered by center Cam Robinson but later Marcedes Lewis had the ball tipped and led to an interception by cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman but the Rams were unable to capitalize on it, the Jaguars then made another field goal that cut the Rams lead to 24-17. On one drive, Robert Woods dropped a pass that was later ruled a fumble and a recovery by the Jaguars defense. The Rams later extended their lead to 27-17 with Greg Zuerlein making his second field goal of the game, the Jaguars then tried to make a late field goal in the final seconds of the game only to miss with the Rams winning the game.

With that victory, the Rams record improved to 4-2, once again sitting atop first place in the NFC West.

Week 7: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

NFL London Games

Week Seven: Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 0 0 000
Rams 3 20 3733

at Twickenham Stadium, London, England

Game information

This game turned out to be a shutout/blowout victory for the Los Angeles Rams in their second NFL International Series game at Twickenham Stadium against the Arizona Cardinals, Jared Goff threw for 235 yards and had 1 touchdown with only 1 interception, Todd Gurley had his fourth-100 yard game with 106 yards, 4.8 average, 4 receptions, and 1 touchdown, Cooper Kupp had 4 receptions, 51 yards, 12.8 average, and an 18-yard touchdown, and Greg Zuerlein completed 4 field goals. The Rams defense shut down Adrian Peterson for the game and prevented any points scored by the Cardinals offense as they had multiple drives which resulted in punts, a missed field goal, and 2 interceptions by the Rams defense (Lamarcus Joyner and Mark Barron respectively), the Cardinals failed to score any points throughout the game. Carson Palmer was injured and did not come back for the rest of the game and Drew Stanton had to start for the rest of the game, Both Palmer and Stanton were sacked once by the Rams defense (Aaron Donald and Ethan Westbrooks respectively) and had at least one interception, Stanton fumbled the ball which was recovered by a Cardinals center for 4th down. The Cardinals defense allowed the Rams offense to gain 425 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 4 field goals on 6 of their possessions. This game was also the Cardinals first blowout loss since 2012 (a 58-0 loss against the Seattle Seahawks) and was the Rams first shutout victory since 2014 (when they had two wins over the Oakland Raiders and the Washington Redskins both ending in shutout).

With the win, the Rams advance into the bye at 5-2 for the first time 2003 sitting firmly atop the NFC West first place. They also improved on their record from last season.

Week 9: at New York Giants[edit]

Week Nine: Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 7 20 21351
Giants 7 3 0717

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: November 5
  • Game time: 10:00 a.m. PST/1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 56 °F (13 °C), cloudy with rain
  • Game attendance: 76,877
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber and Kristina Pink
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

In the Meadowlands of East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Rams put a dominating performance against the New York Giants handing them their worst loss of the season (since 1964 against the Cleveland Browns). Jared Goff had one of his best games, throwing for 311 yards and 4 touchdowns, Todd Gurley having 2 touchdowns while Robert Woods having a career high 2 touchdowns. Tight end Tyler Higbee and wide receiver Sammy Watkins having at least 1 touchdown. The Rams defense also forced 3 turnovers on the Giants offense 2 of which were strip-sacks and 1 was an interception by Trumaine Johnson in each case it resulted in the Rams scoring (2 touchdowns, 1 field goal conversion). The Rams special teams also contributed to the game by extending their team's lead and a blocked punt by Cory Littleton setting up a touchdown by the offense.

With this stunningly impressive performance against the Giants, the Rams advanced to 6-2 with a first place lead in the NFC West.

Week 10: vs. Houston Texans[edit]

Week Ten: Houston Texans at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Texans 0 7 007
Rams 3 6 21333

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: November 12
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 68 °F (20 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 60,032
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Although it was a relatively slow game in the first half for both the Rams and Texans, the second half was a stark contrast as Goff had a career-high 355 yards and 3 touchdowns (surpassing the total from his team's 51-17 blowout win over the New York Giants). One was a 94-yard pass to Robert Woods (the third-longest touchdown pass in Rams history) and 1 a pass to Sammy Watkins. Meanwhile, the Rams defense caused 4 turnovers on the Texans 2 of which were strip sack recoveries from Connor Barwin and Samson Ebukam while the other 2 were interceptions (one was by strong safety Blake Countess). The game ended in a Rams victory with a 33-7 score and the fourth-straight win.

With that win, the Rams improved to 7-2, their best start in a season since 2001. They now have at least one home victory against all 31 other franchises.

Week 11: at Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Eleven: Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 7 0 007
Vikings 0 7 01724

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

This would be the only loss of the Rams on the road during the regular season.

Week 12: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Twelve: New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 7 3 01020
Rams 10 7 3626

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

With the win over the New Orleans Saints, the Rams' have improved their record to 8-3, their first non-losing season since 2006.

Week 13: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Thirteen: Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 16 3 7632
Cardinals 0 13 0316

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: December 3
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST/2:25 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: Played indoor (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 63,986
  • Referee: Ronald Torbert
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the 32-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals, the Rams improved to 9-3 and achieved their first winning season since 2003.

Week 14: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Fourteen: Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 14 10 71243
Rams 7 7 14735

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

Jared Goff threw for 16/26 with 2 touchdowns while Carson Wentz threw a career high 4 touchdowns. With the loss the Rams move to 9-4 while the Eagles clinch the NFC East for the first time since 2013. The Eagles' win wasn't without cost as they would lose Wentz for the remainder of the season to a torn ACL. It was also the first Jared Goff vs Carson Wentz rivalry matchup.

Week 15: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Fifteen: Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 13 21 6242
Seahawks 0 0 707

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: December 17
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 47 °F (8 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,077
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The game turned out to be not only the Seahawks biggest loss at home but also a dominating game for the Rams. Todd Gurley had a career high 4 touchdowns, Russell Wilson was sacked several times, and the Rams scored a total of 42 points over the Seahawks mere 7 points. Head coach Sean McVay became the youngest coach to win 10 regular season games since 1937.

With this 42-7 victory on the road against the Seahawks, the Rams record further improved to 10-4.

Week 16: at Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Sixteen: Los Angeles Rams at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 6 7 7727
Titans 3 10 7323

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information

It was a close game for the Rams and Titans as both teams were putting up points. In the end, however, the Rams won 27-23 and clinched their first playoff berth since 2004. With the victory, the Rams also clinched the NFC West division.

Todd Gurley finished with 22 carries for 118 yards and 10 catches for 158 yards and 2 TDs. Jared Goff finished 22/38 for 301 yards and 4 TDs.

With the win, the Rams record rose to 11–4.

Week 17: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Seventeen: San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 10 10 7734
Rams 3 3 0713

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

With the loss, the Rams' finish the regular season with an 11-5 winning record.

Postseason[edit]

NFC Wild Card Playoffs: vs. (#6) Atlanta Falcons[edit]

NFC Wild Card Playoffs: (#6) Atlanta Falcons at (#3) Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 6 7 6726
Rams 0 10 0313

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

The Los Angeles Rams playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons is the first home playoff game representing the Los Angeles area since 1985 (the Rams hosted playoff games during its tenure in St. Louis spanning the three years dubbed The Greatest Show on Turf).. This game marked the first playoff game the Los Angeles Rams hosted at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since the 1978 NFC Championship Game and the first time a playoff game had been played at the same venue since the 1993 Los Angeles Raiders hosted the AFC Wild Card game. The game also marked the first home playoff game the Rams would play since the 2003 St. Louis Rams season and the organization's first playoff appearance since the 2004 St. Louis Rams season.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Los Angeles Rams 11 5 0 .688 4–2 7–5 478 329 L1
Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 366 332 L1
Arizona Cardinals 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 295 361 W2
San Francisco 49ers 6 10 0 .375 1–5 3–9 331 383 W5

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] Philadelphia Eagles East 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .461 .433 L1
2[a] Minnesota Vikings North 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .492 .447 W3
3[b] Los Angeles Rams West 11 5 0 .688 4–2 7–5 .504 .460 L1
4[b][c] New Orleans Saints South 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 .535 .483 L1
Wild Cards
5[c] Carolina Panthers South 11 5 0 .688 3–3 7–5 .539 .500 L1
6 Atlanta Falcons South 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 .543 .475 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[d] Detroit Lions North 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 .496 .368 W1
8[d] Seattle Seahawks West 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 .492 .444 L1
9[d] Dallas Cowboys East 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 .496 .438 W1
10 Arizona Cardinals West 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 .488 .406 W2
11[e] Green Bay Packers North 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .539 .357 L3
12[e] Washington Redskins East 7 9 0 .438 1–5 5–7 .539 .429 L1
13 San Francisco 49ers West 6 10 0 .375 1–5 3–9 .512 .438 W5
14[f] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 .555 .375 W1
15[f] Chicago Bears North 5 11 0 .313 0–6 1–11 .559 .500 L1
16 New York Giants East 3 13 0 .188 1–5 1–11 .531 .458 W1
Tiebreakers[g]
  1. ^ a b Philadelphia claimed the No. 1 seed over Minnesota based on winning percentage vs. common opponents. Philadelphia's cumulative record against Carolina, Chicago,
    LA Rams and Washington was 5–0, compared to Minnesota's 4–1 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  2. ^ a b LA Rams claimed the No. 3 seed over New Orleans based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b New Orleans clinched the NFC South division over Carolina based on head-to-head sweep.
  4. ^ a b c Detroit finished ahead of Dallas and Seattle based on conference record, while Seattle finished ahead of Dallas based on head-to-head victory.
  5. ^ a b Green Bay finished ahead of Washington based on record vs. common opponents. Green Bay's cumulative record against Dallas, Minnesota, New Orleans and Seattle
    was 2–3, compared to Washington's 1–4 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  6. ^ a b Tampa Bay finished ahead of Chicago based on head-to-head victory.
  7. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
Legend
w — Clinched wild card
x — Clinched playoff berth
y — Clinched division
z — Clinched first-round bye
* — Clinched home-field advantage

Awards and honors[edit]

Recipient Award(s)
Trumaine Johnson Week 1: NFC Defensive Player of the Week
Todd Gurley Week 3: NFC Offensive Player of the Month
Week 4: NFC Offensive Player of the Week
Week 16: FedEx Air Player of the Week
Greg Zuerlein Week 4: NFC Special Teams Player of the Week
Week 8:NFC Special Teams player of the Month
Pharoh Cooper Week 6: NFC Special Teams Player of the Week
Jared Goff Week 9: NFC Offensive Player of the Week
Week 16: FedEx Air Player of the Week

References[edit]

External links[edit]