The Los Angeles Rams got back on track with a too-close-for-comfort 26-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on Thursday night. While many criticisms can be found from the Rams’ performance on both sides of the football, ultimately key contributions from many of the usual suspects (and some not-so-usual) pointed to a focused team putting an embarrassing loss only four days prior behind them.
How many snaps were handed out on Thursday and who got them? There were a couple of interesting developments in Week 5.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford looked mostly comfortable during his first career victory in Seattle. His offensive line continued with their season-long storyline of not missing any snaps. To date the only snap missed among the big uglies were two snaps by left tackle Andrew Whitworth in Week 3 vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After a conversation with Rams head coach Sean McVay earlier in the week, wide receiver Robert Woods got his groove back with 12 receptions and 150 yards off 66 of 67 snaps.
High use of tight ends Tyler Higbee and Johnny Mundt (56 and 28 snaps respectively) showed a new commitment by McVay to the rushing attack, led by running back Darrell Henderson who carried the ball 17 times on 44 snaps, despite temporarily leaving the game due to injury. RB2 Sony Michel complimented Henderson nicely with 11 carries off 23 snaps of his own, showing a nice, effective change-of-pace that kept the Seahawk defense on its heels.
Defensive back extraordinaire Jalen Ramsey and safeties Taylor Rapp and Jordan Fuller, all saw 100% of Los Angeles’ 65 defensive snaps. However, the story coming out of the Rams’ secondary seems to be corner David Long Jr. being supplanted by rookie Robert Rochell after an especially poor performance against the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday. Rochell saw action on 54 snaps to Long’s 7, most of the latter’s use coming in the late stages of the fourth quarter.
Rookie Ben Skowronek is starting to make a name for himself as a special teams gunner. He played 18 snaps on Thursday.
Prompt: How should McVay split his snaps around next week against the Giants differently?