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St. Louis Rams by the Numbers: A First Quarter Report Card

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The St. Louis Rams are one quarter of the way through their 2014 campaign. Let’s have a gander at the numbers...

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The Rams have a lot of good things going their way to start the 2014 season. Unfortunately, wins aren't one of them. Let’s have a look at a few key statistics that are both helping - and hurting - the Rams at the start of the season...

1,288

The amount of reception yards WR Brian Quick is projected to tally in 2014 at his current pace -- 81 yards per game.  Some of you doubted him.  I, however, am...yeah I was one of them.

392.8

The amount of total yards per game the Rams’ offense is amassing each week.  At times, the Rams’ offense looks efficient, and it shows in these numbers.  This figure currently ranks 8th in the NFL.

375 & 3

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344.8

The amount of total yards the Rams’ defense is allowing each week.  It’s good for 13th in the NFL, which, for a team who was expected to have a Top 10 defense coming into the season isn’t bad...their 1-3 record aside.  Last season the Rams gave up [on average] 345.0 yards per game. So...

282.2

The amount of passing yards QB Austin Davis is averaging per game in 2014 [ranks 9th in the NFL].  Since being jettisoned into the role as the team’s primary signal caller, Davis has been extremely impressive. As it stands, he’s averaging more yards through the air per game than:  Matthew Stafford, Ben Roethlisberger, Nick Foles, Jay Cutler, Joe Flacco, and Tony Romo [amongst others].

192.2

The amount of yards the Rams’ defense is allowing through the air each game through Week 5.  That just so happens to be the lowest number in the NFL...which is a good thing!

84

Total amount of points through four games.  That’s an average of 21 points per game which, currently, is just shy of their 2013 season average [21.8].  This figure currently ranks 22nd in the NFL.

53

The number of carries the team’s lead RB Zac Stacy has had through the first quarter of play this season.  That’s an average of 13 carries per game.  In Stacy’s first four games [as a starter] in 2013, he carried the ball 75 times.  He’d go on to carry the ball - on average - 21 times a game throughout the team’s final twelve games.  O Stacy, where art thou?

46.2

The percentage of third down plays which are converted into first downs.  That’s good for 8th best in the NFL through Week 5.

36

The amount of penalties incurred in the team’s first four games.  Penalties have plagued the Rams to start the season -- to the tune of 418 yards [105 ypg].  The 36 penalties currently ranks 12th in the NFL, though none of the eleven teams ranked "ahead" of them have had their bye.  The Rams have.  Had they played five games [at their current average of nine per game] they’d jump from 12th to 3rd...worst, that is.

27:36

Time of possession.  The Rams committed to approaching the 2014 season with a ground and pound approach on offense.  Running the ball effectively chews up the clock, and typically keeps the opponent from putting the game out of reach. Couple that with that fact that the Rams’ defense was thought to stymie the opposition, and controlling the ball seemed like it would be one of the team’s strengths.  Not to say they can’t turn it around, but this statistic [27:36] ranks 27th in league.

10

The amount of snaps the Rams’ first draft pick in 2014 [second overall] OG Greg Robinson has played this season.

6%

The chance the Rams make it to the first round of the 2014/2015 playoffs.

1

Sacks. Wins. Ugh.

0

Fair catches.  The Rams are the only team in the NFL that have yet to call for a fair catch on a punt. That may, or may not be, significant. They stand alone though.

-2

Turnover differential.  The Rams have recovered three fumbles and intercepted three passes thus far this season.  They’ve also thrown four interceptions, and lost four fumbles.

*****

Aesthetically pleasing statistics don't equate to success in the NFL...or any sport for that matter.  The lower numbers in this post, however, accentuate the reasons why the higher figures [some improvements] aren’t leading to what matters most...wins.

What statistics tickle your fancy or hurt you to the core?  Let us know in the comments below!