September 30, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson (39) leaps over a teammate on the way to a first down against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 19-13. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
In “By the Numbers,” we are going to be summing up the first quarter of the St. Louis Rams season through some of the most “telling” numbers. Other the next two days were will get breakdown the offense, defense, and special teams to see where we are in comparison to the rest of the league in key areas of the game. First, we will go with the offense…
In terms of actual yardage, the St. Louis Rams have been one of the worst offenses in the NFL. They are currently ranked 27th in passing yards and, surprisingly, 20th in rushing yards. The Rams do not seem to be able to keep momentum going throughout the game, even when the defense or special teams puts them in good position to score. However, the have been good enough to push the Rams to a 2-2 record, tying the Rams win total for all of last season. Here are some key numbers from the St. Louis Offense for the first four game:
Total yards by the Rams offense so far this season. Only 7 teams in the league have fewer yards in the NFL right now, including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts who were on Byes during Week 4. Aside from those teams, only the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the NFC West Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks have few yards.
Receiving yards by Danny Amendola, which is the 7th highest total in the NFL. Amendola is also second in the NFL in receptions and tied for 7th in receptions for first downs.
Highest quarterback rating on the team, which is, sadly, held by our rookie punter, Johnny Hekker. Bradford, on the other hand, has a quarterback rating of 80.1.
Percentage of offensive snaps played by all five starters on the offensive line last week against the Seattle Seahawks. When do you think the last time a St. Louis offensive line actually played together for an entire game?
Total first downs by the Rams, which is in the bottom tier of the NFL. For comparison sake, there are 11 teams with over 90 first downs so far this season. The New England Patriots have 119 first down, which is nearly double that of St. Louis.
Third down percentage, which puts the Rams right in the middle of the NFL. The Rams were ranked in the Top 5 in this category in Week 2, but had a tough time converting against both the Bears and the Seahawks.
Percentage of pass attempts that were thrown in Danny Amendola’s direction so far this season.
Number of sacks taken by Sam Bradford so far this season. A majority of those came against the Chicago Bears, but still, the offensive line will have to continue to progress as the season continues if they want to be effective passing the football.
Yards per attempt by St. Louis Rams running backs so far this season.
First downs earned off penalties, which means that the Rams are really earning their downs unstead of having them handed to them by the defense. It also may mean that the Rams are being a little too predictable with their play calling and snap counts.
Rushing touchdowns by the St. Louis Rams, although there have been at least 3 occasions where the Rams have crossed the goal line and either 1) had the play called back by a holding penalty or 2) not been ruled a touchdown by the embarrassing replacement officials.