Hello Rams fans. I made a post yesterday about some positives I saw in the 49's game. I would like to continue that "positive vibe" with respect to the cold hard facts: statistics. Specifially some choice 2010 vs. 2009 stats. As we know, statistics never tell the whole story. But, let's have fun with it anyway (plenty of knocking on wood everyone, no jinxing!).
- 2010 vs. 2009 Fun Stat #1: Sack Consistency/Volume - Through 9 games, the Rams have 28 sacks (vs. opponents' 20). Last year, they had 25... total (vs. opponents 44). More amazingly, they have a sack in every game so far (with 7 multi-sack games). Everyone has been getting in on the action, and we are getting to the QB this year.
- 2010 vs. 2009 Fun Stat #2: Moving the Chains - Through 9 games, the Rams have 10 more first downs than our opponent (178 to 168), with an average of ~20 first downs per game. Last year, they had 74 fewer first downs than the opponents overall (259 to 333), with an average of ~16 first downs per game. 4 more first downs matter when you have a close ball game (field position, field goals, etc.)
- 2010 vs. 2009 Fun Stat #3: Turnover Percentages - Through 9 games, the Rams have a turnover ratio of +3 (12/15). Last year, the turnover ratio was an appalling -14. Additionally, we have had tremendously bad luck in fumble recoveries. According to STATS LLC, opponents have fumbled 19 times and have lost 7. James Hall alone has 4 FF, with 0 recovered. In 2009, we forced 14 fumbles all year.
- 2010 vs. 2009 Fun Stat #4: Time of Possession - Through 9 games, the Rams have a time of possession differential of +4 minutes. Last year, the time of possession differential was -2 minutes. Not terrible, but it shows that we have improved by 6 minutes of keeping our offense on the field and the defense resting.
- 2010 vs. 2009 Fun Stat #5: Swarming Defense - Through 9 games, the Rams have 464 total tackles, 85 with assists. That means that close to 20% of the time, either a) it takes multiple guys to take a guy down, or b) we are swarming better. Last year, the Rams had 882 total tackles, 126 with assists (14%). This might be meaningless, but based on our total defensive improvement I think not.
Thoughts? Just wanted to run some numbers to discuss. Let me know if I made mistakes. Go Rams!