Los Angeles Rams 2018 Season In Review

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Los Angeles Rams had their season end in Super Bowl LIII. The Rams were defeated by the New England Patriots in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Rams went 13-3 in the regular season. They won two playoff games, before losing 13-3 to the Rams in the Super Bowl.

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This was the Rams best season since they went 14-2 during the 2001 season. That team also went to the Super Bowl, before losing 20-17 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Rams quarterback Jared Goff went 364 of 561 for 4,688 yards in 16 games. He also had 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Todd Gurley II led the Rams with 256 carries for 1,251 yards and 17 touchdowns. C.J. Anderson — who signed with the team late in the season — had 43 carries for 299 yards and two touchdowns.

The 28-year-old Vallejo, California was rejuvenated after signing with the Rams. He had 24 carries for 104 yards with the Carolina Panthers before his release. He also signed with the Oakland Raiders, but never played in a game for them, before being released.  

Gurley has led the Rams in rushing yards for the last four seasons. Tre Mason was the last player, before Gurley, to lead the team in rushing when he had 765 rushing yards in 2014.

The Rams had 23 rushing touchdowns. Goff had two touchdowns, while Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks had the other.

Woods led the team with 86 receptions for 1,219 yards, including six touchdowns. Cooks — who was acquired last off-season in a trade with the Patriots — had 80 receptions for 1,204 yards and five touchdowns.

When Woods was the team’s leading receiver, he was the first receiver since Kenny Britt to have more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Britt had 1,002 receiving yards on 68 receptions during the 2016 season.

Los Angeles receivers had 32 touchdowns. Cooper Kupp also had six touchdowns before being lost to a torn ACL in Week 8. Josh Reynolds also had five touchdowns.

During the 2017 season, before leaving to sign a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, Sammy Watkins led the team with eight touchdown receptions.

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Gurley II had four touchdowns and Gerald Everett had three touchdowns. Tyler Higbee had two, while Malcolm Brown had one.

Cory Littleton led the Rams with 125 tackles, including nine tackles for a loss, and four quarterback hits. He had 4.0 sacks and three interceptions, and 13 pass deflections.

Los Angeles only had two players, who recorded more than 100 tackles on the season. John Johnson was the other player, as he had 119 tackles.

Aaron Donald led the team in sacks, as he had 20.5. Ndamukong Suh — who had his one-year deal with the team expire at the end of the Super Bowl — was second with 4.5. Littleton was next in line with 4.

The 20.5 sacks were the most-ever by a Rams player ever in a single-season. He tied Lawrence Taylor’s 1986 season with the New York Giants, who also had 20.5 sacks.

J.J. Watt had 20.5 sacks twice in his career. He first had 20.5 sacks during the 2012 season, before doing it again during the 2014 season with the Houston Texans.

The team overall had 41 sacks on the season.

Johnson led the team with four interceptions. The team had 18 interceptions overall. Johnson, Littleton (3) and Marcus Peters — who was acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs last off-season — also had three. Combined these three players had 10 interceptions.

Mark Barron — who the team has already released — had the only safety on the season.

Donald led the team with four forced fumbles. Goff led the team with four fumble recoveries.

JoJo Natson led the team with 26 punt returns for 280 yards. Blake Countess also led the team with 17 kick returns for 419 yards.

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