2019 Los Angeles Rams season

The 2019 season was the Los Angeles Rams' 82nd season in the National Football League, their 83rd overall, their 53rd in the Greater Los Angeles Area and their third under head coach Sean McVay. It also marked the Rams' final season playing their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, as the team will move into SoFi Stadium in Inglewood beginning with the 2020 season alongside the Los Angeles Chargers. They entered the season as the defending NFC champions looking to bounce back after their Super Bowl LIII loss to the New England Patriots and attempt to become the first team since the 2014 Seattle Seahawks to repeat as NFC champions and return to the Super Bowl, as well as attempt to become the first team since the 2018 New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl the year after losing it the year before. However the Rams failed to match their 13–3 record from last year after a 17–12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.[2]

2019 Los Angeles Rams season
Head coachSean McVay
General managerLes Snead
OwnerStan Kroenke
Home fieldLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum[1]
Results
Record9–7
Division place3rd NFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersDT Aaron Donald
CB Jalen Ramsey

Although the Rams' temporary stadium was officially known as United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this season, the team removed any references to the corporate sponsor due to a team sponsorship from one of its competitors, American Airlines.

The Rams struggled during the season and were officially eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since 2016, after a 34–31 loss to their NFC West rival, San Francisco 49ers in Week 16. This was their first non-playoff season under head coach Sean McVay.

OffseasonEdit

Coaching changesEdit

  • The Cincinnati Bengals hired Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor as their new head coach February 4, 2019.[3] Pass game coordinator Shane Waldron will assume quarterback coach responsibilities, and the Rams hired Zac Robinson as an assistant quarterbacks coach.[4]
  • The Rams hired Wes Phillips, son of Wade Phillips, as tight ends coach February 12, 2019.[5] The younger Phillips had served in the same position with the Washington Redskins from 2014 through 2018. He had originally succeeded Sean McVay in that position after McVay was elevated to offensive coordinator.
  • Eric Henderson was hired as defensive line coach, replacing Bill Johnson. Prior to joining the Rams, Henderson had served one season as assistant defensive line coach for the Los Angeles Chargers.[6]

Roster changesEdit

Free agentsEdit

Position Player 2019 Team Date signed Contract
RB C.J. Anderson Detroit Lions April 1, 2019 1 year, $1.5 million
RB Malcolm Brown Los Angeles Rams March 22, 2019 2 years, $3.3 million
SS Blake Countess Philadelphia Eagles May 3, 2019 2 years, $2.35 million
DT Dominique Easley
OLB Dante Fowler Jr. Los Angeles Rams March 10, 2019 1 year, $14 million
ILB Bryce Hager Los Angeles Rams May 6, 2019 1 year, $805,000
CB Troy Hill Los Angeles Rams May 30, 2019 2 years, $8.25 million
FS Lamarcus Joyner Oakland Raiders March 13, 2019 4 years, $42 million
ILB Cory Littleton Los Angeles Rams May 20, 2019 1 year, $3.095 million
OLB Matt Longacre Arizona Cardinals July 24, 2019 1 year, $805,000
QB Sean Mannion Minnesota Vikings April 7, 2019 1 year, $900,000
G Rodger Saffold Tennessee Titans March 13, 2019 4 years, $44 million
CB Sam Shields
NT Ndamukong Suh Tampa Bay Buccaneers May 21, 2019 1 year, $9.25 million
C John Sullivan
DT Ethan Westbrooks Oakland Raiders July 30, 2019 1 year, $805,000
ILB Ramik Wilson Jacksonville Jaguars May 1, 2019 1 year, $805,000
Player re-signed by the Rams
  • Blake Countess was waived by the Rams on May 2, 2019 after declining to take a pay cut on his one-year, $2.025 million tender signed the previous month.[7]

Free agent signingsEdit

Position Player Tag Previous team Date signed Contract
FS Eric Weddle UFA Baltimore Ravens March 8, 2019 2 years, $8.5 million
QB Blake Bortles UFA Jacksonville Jaguars March 18, 2019 1 year, $1 million
OLB Clay Matthews III UFA Green Bay Packers March 19, 2019 2 years, $9.25 million
QB John Wolford UFA Arizona Hotshots (AAF) April 10, 2019 1 year, $495,000

NFL DraftEdit

2019 Los Angeles Rams draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 61 Taylor Rapp  S Washington from Kansas City
3 70 Darrell Henderson  RB Memphis from Tampa Bay
3 79 David Long Jr.  CB Michigan from Atlanta
3 97 Bobby Evans  OT Oklahoma from New England
4 134 Greg Gaines  DT Washington from New England
5 169 David Edwards  OT Wisconsin
7 234 Nick Scott  S Penn State from New England
7 251 Dakota Allen  LB Texas Tech
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

Undrafted free agentsEdit

Following the 2019 NFL Draft, the Rams signed 19 undrafted rookie free agents who would compete for roster spots and participate in the team's offseason and training camp programs.[13][14]

Position Player College
TE Kendall Blanton Missouri
WR Alex Bachman Wake Forest
G Chandler Brewer Middle Tennessee State
TE Romello Brooker Houston
TE Keenan Brown Texas State
RB Matthew Colburn Wake Forest
DT Marquise Copeland Cincinnati
LB Landis Durham Texas A&M
WR Jalen Greene Utah State
G Brandon Hitner Villanova
C Vitas Hrynkiewicz Youngstown State
OT Matt Kaskey Dartmouth
LB Ketner Kupp Eastern Washington
WR Jonathan Lloyd Duke
LB Natrez Patrick Georgia
OL Justice Powers UAB
LB Troy Reeder Delaware
DT Owen Roberts San Jose State
WR Justin Sumpter Kennesaw State
DT Tyrell Thompson Tarleton State
WR Nsimba Webster Eastern Washington

StaffEdit

2019 Los Angeles Rams staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Director of strength training and performance – Ted Rath
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Blair Wagner
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Fernando Noriega
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Edward Grayer
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Dustin Woods

Final rosterEdit

2019 Los Angeles Rams final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 active, 9 inactive, 10 practice squad

PreseasonEdit

The Rams announced that they would host a preseason game at Aloha Stadium outside Honolulu, Hawaii.[15] On March 21, the exhibition matchup between the Rams and the Dallas Cowboys was officially announced for Saturday, August 17.[16] Continuing a trend he had established the previous season, head coach Sean McVay kept his established starters off the field for the entire preseason, with only his special teams unit of long snapper Jake McQuaide, punter Johnny Hekker, and kicker Greg Zuerlein in their regular season roles.[17]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 10 at Oakland Raiders L 3–14 0–1 RingCentral Coliseum Recap
2 August 17 Dallas Cowboys L 10–14 0–2 Aloha Stadium (Honolulu) Recap
3 August 24 Denver Broncos W 10–6 1–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
4 August 29 at Houston Texans W 22–10 2–2 NRG Stadium Recap

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue NFL.com
recap
1 September 8 at Carolina Panthers W 30–27 1–0 Bank of America Stadium Recap
2 September 15 New Orleans Saints W 27–9 2–0 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
3 September 22 at Cleveland Browns W 20–13 3–0 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
4 September 29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 40–55 3–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
5 October 3 at Seattle Seahawks L 29–30 3–2 CenturyLink Field Recap
6 October 13 San Francisco 49ers L 7–20 3–3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
7 October 20 at Atlanta Falcons W 37–10 4–3 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Recap
8 October 27 Cincinnati Bengals W 24–10 5–3   Wembley Stadium (London) Recap
9 Bye
10 November 10 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 12–17 5–4 Heinz Field Recap
11 November 17 Chicago Bears W 17–7 6–4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
12 November 25 Baltimore Ravens L 6–45 6–5 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
13 December 1 at Arizona Cardinals W 34–7 7–5 State Farm Stadium Recap
14 December 8 Seattle Seahawks W 28–12 8–5 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
15 December 15 at Dallas Cowboys L 21–44 8–6 AT&T Stadium Recap
16 December 21 at San Francisco 49ers L 31–34 8–7 Levi's Stadium Recap
17 December 29 Arizona Cardinals W 31–24 9–7 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap

Notes

  • Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
  • For Rams home games, their home stadium will revert to its original name Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and all signage indicating "United Airlines Field" will be covered due to the franchise's sponsoring partnership with American Airlines.[18]

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Carolina PanthersEdit

Week One: Los Angeles Rams at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 0 13 10730
Panthers 0 3 101427

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

Shaking off a slow start, Todd Gurley had 97 rushing yards while Malcolm Brown added 53 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams won their season opener for the third time in as many years under head coach Sean McVay. Following a scoreless first quarter, Los Angeles took the lead on a 49-yard field goal by kicker Greg Zuerlein. Linebacker Samson Ebukam deflected a lateral attempt by Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and recovered the fumble, which helped set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Brown and a 10-0 Rams lead. Both L.A. and Carolina traded field goals before halftime. Zuerlein added his third field goal and Brown added a second touchdown in the third quarter as the Rams held a 23-13 advantage going into the fourth quarter. Gurley, who was held to only eight yards on five carries in the first half, had 89 yards on nine attempts in the second half and helped to set up the Rams' final score, a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jared Goff to tight end Tyler Higbee. Goff completed 23 of 39 passes for 186 yards, while wide receiver Robert Woods led the team in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (70). Making his return to the lineup after a season-ending injury in 2018, wide receiver Cooper Kupp had seven receptions for 46 yards. On defense, linebacker Cory Littleton had an interception, a forced fumble and fumble recovery to go along with his team-high eight tackles, while fellow linebacker Dante Fowler added a pair of sacks and Clay Matthews III had another in his first game with the Rams. Another new Ram, safety Eric Weddle, was taken out of the game in the second quarter following a collision with Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey that resulted in a head laceration.

Week 2: vs. New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week Two: New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 3 339
Rams 3 3 14727

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

Playing their home opener at the renovated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the final time, the Rams hosted the Saints in a rematch of the 2018 NFC Championship Game and came away with a convincing victory. The game featured a strong defensive effort by both teams in the first half and early in the third quarter, as they traded two field goals each, with Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein connecting on attempts from 24 and 22 yards in the first half. With the score tied at 6–6 midway through the third quarter, the Rams mounted a 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard touchdown run by Todd Gurley to give them a 13–6 advantage. After the Rams defense had back-to-back sacks to force a Saints punt, JoJo Natson returned the kick 32 yards to set the Rams up at the New Orleans 26. Three rushes for 16 yards by running back Malcolm Brown put the Rams on the 2-yard line and quarterback Jared Goff connected with wide receiver Brandin Cooks for the score. Following a Saints field goal early in the fourth quarter, the Rams faced third-and-2 from their own 33 when Goff hit wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who broke four tackles as he weaved through the Saints defense for a spectacular 66-yard catch-and-run before being brought down inches from the goal line. On the next play from scrimmage, Goff scored on a quarterback sneak to end the day's scoring. Kupp had five receptions for 120 yards, both team highs, in his first game back at the Coliseum since suffering a torn ACL there 10 months earlier. Goff completed 19 of 28 passes for 283 yards and two scores with no interceptions, and Gurley had 63 yards on 16 carries with one touchdown. Defensively, safety Eric Weddle and linebacker Cory Littleton shared the team lead in tackles with five each, while linebacker Clay Matthews and defensive end Michael Brockers each had a sack. Strong safety John Johnson added four tackles and an interception of Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who left the game in the first quarter with a hand injury and did not return. The Rams began their 38th and final season at the Coliseum, as they will move to SoFi Stadium in nearby Inglewood in 2020. The official name of the Rams' future stadium was announced earlier in the day on the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show.

Week 3: at Cleveland BrownsEdit

Week Three: Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 3 0 71020
Browns 0 6 7013

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information

Safety John Johnson's end zone interception of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield with 27 seconds remaining capped a successful goal line stand as the Rams improved to 3–0 with their first win on Sunday Night Football in 14 years. Los Angeles took a first quarter lead on a 53-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein, but fell behind for the first time in the season after giving up a pair of field goals to Browns kicker Austin Seibert. Jared Goff completed 24 of 38 passes for 269 yards with two touchdown passes to wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who finished with a team-high 11 receptions for 102 yards, while fellow wide receiver Brandin Cooks added eight receptions for 112 yards. Johnson led the Rams with nine tackles, with safety Eric Weddle and defensive end Michael Brockers adding six tackles each. Linebacker Clay Matthews III had three tackles with two sacks, a forced fumble, and a pass deflection playing in front of a FirstEnergy Stadium crowd that witnessed his father and namesake Clay Matthews Jr. be inducted into the Cleveland Browns Ring of Honor. The younger Matthews joined his family during the final moments of the halftime ceremony. The Rams won a Sunday Night game for the first time since a 20–10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys that was played on January 1, 2006, the final week of the 2005 NFL season.

Week 4: vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Four: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 7 21 32455
Rams 0 17 32040

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: September 29
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: Mostly sunny, 74 °F (23 °C)
  • Game attendance: 68,117
  • Referee: Brad Rogers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Jared Goff set personal bests for passing attempts, completions, and yards, but also had four turnovers (all of which led directly to Tampa Bay touchdowns) as the Rams lost for the first time in the season. Host Los Angeles fell behind 21–0 early in the second quarter and spent the rest of the day trying to catch up, as Goff tied a league record with 45 pass completions (Drew Bledsoe, New England vs. Minnesota, 1994), and his 68 pass attempts tied for third-most in league history (George Blanda, Houston vs. Buffalo, 1964; Jon Kitna, Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh, 2001). In addition to his new team records for single game attempts and completions, which broke marks previously held by Marc Bulger (vs. New York Giants, 2005), Goff's 517 passing yards tied with Tom Brady (New England vs. Miami, 2011) for the eighth-highest single-game total in NFL records, and was exceeded only by Norm Van Brocklin's league-record 554 yards against the New York Yanks in 1951 for the highest total in team history. However, Goff threw three interceptions and then fumbled once with just over a minute remaining when he was sacked and stripped of the ball by Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett, with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh picking it up and running it 37 yards for the touchdown to seal the victory against his former team. Wide receiver Robert Woods had a career-high 13 receptions for 164 yards, while Cooper Kupp added nine catches for 121 yards and a touchdown and running back Todd Gurley had seven receptions for 54 yards. Though Gurley scored two rushing touchdowns, he ran the ball a career-low five times for only 16 yards as the large early deficit led the Rams to abandon the running game (11 attempts, 28 yards). Safety Eric Weddle had 15 tackles to lead the Rams, and cornerback Marcus Peters picked off a Jameis Winston pass and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Week 5: at Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Five: Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 6 7 13329
Seahawks 7 7 7930

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: October 3
  • Game time: 5:20 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 57 °F (14 °C)
  • Game attendance: 68,988
  • Referee: Scott Novak
  • TV announcers (Fox/NFLN/Amazon Prime): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Greg Zuerlein's 44-yard field goal attempt went wide right with 11 seconds remaining, and the Rams' comeback bid fell short at CenturyLink Field. Zuerlein ended L.A.'s first two drives with field goals of 47 and 32 yards for a 6–0 first-quarter lead. After Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw two touchdowns to put his team up 14–6, Jared Goff guided the Rams on an eight-play, 62-yard drive that was capped with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Goff to wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who finished with a team-high nine receptions for 117 yards. In the second half, running back Todd Gurley (15 carries, 51 yards) scored two rushing touchdowns and Zuerlein added his third field goal (36 yards) to give the Rams a 29–24 advantage with less than 10 minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but Wilson led his team to the go-ahead touchdown with just over two minutes remaining. Tight end Gerald Everett had a career single-game best seven receptions for 136 yards, and caught three passes for 46 yards on the Rams' final drive to set up Zuerlein's fourth and final attempt of the day, which just missed the upright and denied L.A.'s bid for a third straight win at Seattle (and fourth in five years). Goff completed 29 of 49 passes for 395 with one touchdown and one interception. Making his first professionalNFL start, rookie free agent linebacker Troy Reeder led the Rams with 13 tackles (eight solo) and linebacker Clay Matthews III had five tackles, including a sack, but was flagged for a questionable roughing the passer penalty that kept the Seahawks' final scoring drive alive. With the loss, the Rams fell to 3–2 on the season, while the Seahawks improved to 4–1.

Week 6: vs. San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Six: San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 7 0 10320
Rams 7 0 007

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

A critical turnover broke open a tie game in the second half as the 49ers shut down the Rams' offense in a key NFC West battle at the Coliseum. Los Angeles fell to 3–3, losing three games in a row for the first time in the Sean McVay era. Quarterback Jared Goff, who two weeks earlier had passed for a career-high 517 yards in a loss to Tampa Bay, was held to a career-low 78 passing yards and was sacked four times. Playing without Todd Gurley, the Rams running game started fast on its opening drive, going 56 yards on seven plays (all runs) with wide receiver Robert Woods scoring a touchdown from eight yards out to give Los Angeles an early 7–0 lead; however, Gurley's replacement, Malcolm Brown, who rushed five times for 40 yards on the opening drive, was held to four carries and one yard for the remainder of the game, and failed twice to score from the 1-yard line in a second-quarter goal-line stand. Rookie running back Darrell Henderson saw his first significant playing time of the season, carrying three times for 40 yards to set up that second-quarter scoring opportunity, but he failed to handle Goff's pitchout on the first play of the second half, and four plays later, the 49ers went ahead for good. The San Francisco defense held the Rams to only seven rushing yards on seven attempts after halftime, and gave up only one pass play of more than nine yards in the entire game. The Rams defense was led by linebacker Cory Littleton, who had 14 tackles and a fumble recovery, and defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who had two sacks of 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, including a forced fumble. The Rams held San Francisco's then-No. 1-ranked rushing offense to just 99 yards on 41 rushing plays. Cornerback Marcus Peters had four tackles and an interception in his final game with the Rams before being traded to the Baltimore Ravens two days later.

Week 7: at Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Seven: Los Angeles Rams at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 3 10 141037
Falcons 3 0 0710

at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

The Rams produced five sacks and forced three turnovers and snapped a five-game losing streak to Atlanta dating back to 2007 to improve to 4-3 on the season. Edge rusher Dante Fowler had a career-high three sacks among his team-leading seven total tackles (six solo) along with a pass deflection and a forced fumble. In his first game with the Rams following a midseason trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars, cornerback Jalen Ramsey had four tackles and a forced fumble. On offense, quarterback Jared Goff (268 yards) passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, while Robert Woods led the Rams with five receptions for 80 yards. Running back Todd Gurley contributed 41 yards rushing and had his first TD reception of the season, and the Rams allowed no sacks and were turnover-free for the first time in 2019. Kicker Greg Zuerlein had three field goals, while punter Johnny Hekker connected on a 23-yard pass to Nick Scott on a fake punt to help up a Rams score.

Week 8: vs. Cincinnati BengalsEdit

NFL London Games

Week Eight: Cincinnati Bengals at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bengals 0 10 0010
Rams 3 14 7024

at Wembley Stadium, London, England

Game information

Wide receiver Cooper Kupp caught seven passes for a career-high 220 yards and a touchdown to lead the Rams to their first win over the Bengals since 2003. Kupp, who had five catches for 165 yards in the first half alone, scored on a wild double-reverse flea-flicker play midway through the second quarter in which he took a handoff from quarterback Jared Goff going right, then handed the ball to fellow wide receiver Robert Woods going left, who then tossed it back to a waiting Goff, who found Kupp breaking free down the right sideline for the touchdown that put the Rams ahead for good. Goff completed 17 of 31 passes for 372 yards and two touchdowns (while also not committing a turnover or being sacked for the second straight game), while wide receiver Josh Reynolds had three receptions for 73 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown, playing in relief of starter Brandin Cooks, who suffered a concussion on the Rams' opening drive and did not return to the game. Rookie safety Taylor Rapp led the defense with 12 tackles, while the Rams combined for five sacks on the day. Head coach Sean McVay remained undefeated (10-0) against AFC opponents during the regular season, getting the win over Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, who spent the two previous seasons on McVay's staff as a Rams assistant coach. The game also marked a significant milestone for Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, a 14-year NFL veteran who spent his first 11 seasons playing for the Bengals. With the victory, Whitworth became only the 12th starter in league history to earn victories over all 32 NFL teams.

Week 10: at Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Week Ten: Los Angeles Rams at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 7 0 3212
Steelers 7 7 0317

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: November 10
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: Clear, 55 °F (13 °C)
  • Game attendance: 63,627
  • Referee: Shawn Smith
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

In a sloppy game marred by 10 penalties and costly turnovers, the Rams fell to the host Steelers in a defensive battle at Heinz Field. Linebacker Dante Fowler gave Los Angeles a 7-0 lead just 14 seconds into the game when a shotgun snap went over Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph's head. Fowler easily scooped up the ball and ran 26 yards for his first career NFL touchdown. While Pittsburgh was able to tie the score with a touchdown at the end of the first quarter, the Rams continued to struggle on offense in the first half, ending their first five offensive drives in Johnny Hekker punts. The sixth drive ended disastrously just after the two-minute warning, when quarterback Jared Goff was hit as he attempted to get rid of the ball, which was then picked up by Steelers cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick who returned it 43 yards to put the Steelers ahead 14-7. The Rams turned over the ball twice in the third quarter before mounting an 11-play, 76-yard drive that ended with a 30-yard field goal by kicker Greg Zuerlein just before the end of the period. Early in the fourth quarter, the Rams pulled to within 14-12 when defensive tackle Aaron Donald (making his first appearance as a pro in Pittsburgh, where he played his high school and college football) sacked Rudolph in the end zone for a safety. But the Steelers were able to convert a field goal to increase their lead to 17-12 and the Rams' final drive ended with Goff throwing his second interception of the day with under 30 seconds remaining. Tight end Gerald Everett caught a team-high eight receptions for 68 yards and wide receiver Robert Woods had seven receptions for 95 yards. Running back Todd Gurley ran for 72 yards on just 12 carries, but didn't carry the ball at all during the fourth quarter. Linebacker Cory Littleton had 13 combined tackles, while Donald had six total tackles, including three for losses, including a safety.

Week 11: vs. Chicago BearsEdit

Week Eleven: Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bears 0 0 707
Rams 0 10 0717

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: November 17
  • Game time: 5:20 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: Clear, 79 °F (26 °C)
  • Game attendance: 70,758
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya and Terry McAulay
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Todd Gurley matched his season-high with 97 rushing yards on 25 carries, including 1-yard touchdown run late in the first half as the Rams bounced back with a victory over the Bears before a Sunday Night Football audience. Despite turning over the ball on offense on the first two drives, host Los Angeles held firm on defense, forcing Chicago to turn over the ball on downs on one drive and ending with missed field goals on two others. Greg Zuerlein converted a 38-yard field goal for the game's first points, and cornerback Troy Hill intercepted a pass from Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to help set up a 50-yard pass from Jared Goff to wide receiver Cooper Kupp that ended just short of the goal line. Gurley himself ran it in one play later to give the Rams a 10-0 lead at halftime. The Bears were able to pull within three points after a Trubisky touchdown pass, the Rams were able to extend their lead back to 10 points as running back Malcolm Brown scored on a 5-yard run midway through the fourth period for the Rams' final points. Gurley added 36 yards on three receptions, which tied both Kupp and Josh Reynolds for the team lead on a quiet production day in which the Rams mustered only 283 total yards on offense. Rookie safety Taylor Rapp led the Rams with eight total tackles, while Aaron Donald had two sacks as Los Angeles improved to 6-4 on the season.

Week 12: vs. Baltimore RavensEdit

Week Twelve: Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 14 14 71045
Rams 0 6 006

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

In front of a nationwide audience on Monday Night Football, the Rams suffered the worst home loss in franchise history as the visiting Ravens dominated all phases of the game. Baltimore became the fourth team in the 21st century to score touchdowns on their first six drives in a game[19], as quarterback Lamar Jackson completed 15 of 20 passes for 169 yards and five touchdowns, while also running for 95 yards on only eight carries. Todd Gurley carried the ball only six times for 22 yards, while Jared Goff passed for 212 yards with two interceptions. Kicker Greg Zuerlein's two second quarter field goals represented all of the scoring for the Rams in their biggest defeat in Los Angeles since a 52-14 loss to Chicago in 1963, and their worst loss under head coach Sean McVay.[20] It was also the Rams' first loss wearing their yellow color rush uniforms after four previous victories.

Week 13: at Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Thirteen: Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 3 17 14034
Cardinals 0 0 077

at State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: December 1
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PST/2:05 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: TBD (retractable roof stadium)
  • Game attendance: 60,944
  • Referee: Alex Kemp
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

The Rams bounced back from the Ravens' loss with their fifth straight win at Arizona. Quarterback Jared Goff, who did not throw a single touchdown during the month of November, turned in his best performance of the year completing 32 of 43 passes for 424 yards and two touchdowns, earning NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the third time in his career. Tight end Tyler Higbee caught seven passes for 107 yards and a touchdown, while Robert Woods had 13 receptions for 172 yards, both single-game career highs for the veteran wide receiver. Running back Todd Gurley added 95 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 carries as the Rams built a 27-0 lead midway through the third quarter. Defensively, Los Angeles was equally dominant, combining for six sacks of Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray. Under constant pressure throughout the game, Murray rushed a pass that was picked off by rookie safety Taylor Rapp, who returned his first career interception 31 yards for a touchdown and a 34-7 Rams lead. Aaron Donald had 1.5 sacks, while linebacker Cory Littleton led the team with eight total tackles, including a sack.

Week 14: vs. Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Fourteen: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 3 0 6312
Rams 7 14 0728

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: December 8
  • Game time: 5:20 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 60 °F (16 °C)
  • Game attendance: 71,501
  • Referee: Shawn Hochuli
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya and Terry McAulay
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Tight end Tyler Higbee has over 100 receiving yards for the second straight game.

Week 15: at Dallas CowboysEdit

Week Fifteen: Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 0 7 01421
Cowboys 7 21 31344

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: December 15
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: TBD (retractable roof stadium)
  • Game attendance: 90,436
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 16: at San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Sixteen: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 7 14 7331
49ers 3 21 01034

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

  • Date: December 21
  • Game time: 5:15 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 58 °F (14 °C)
  • Game attendance: 70,103
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (NFLN/KCBS): Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

With the loss, the Rams fell to 8–7 and were knocked out of the playoffs for the first time in three years. This was also the last game the team would wear their white St. Louis scheme color jerseys.

Week 17: vs. Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Seventeen: Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
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Cardinals 7 3 7724
Rams 3 14 01431

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: December 29
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

This was the Rams final game played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. They finish their second and, likely, their last tenure at the Coliseum with a winning record at the stadium since 2016, with a 16–15 record at the venue (including playoffs). They went 1–6 at the stadium in 2016, 3–5 in 2017 (including their playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons, 8–1 in 2018 (including their win against the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Round of the playoffs) and 4–3 in 2019. With their win to close out the year, they end their tenure at Coliseum on a much different note than they did 40 years earlier when they went over to Anaheim Stadium for the 1980 season. Ironically, the Rams had an identical 9–7 record during the 1979 season, reaching the Super Bowl that year, a feat they failed to achieve in 2019 in a competitive NFC West. The NFC West was significantly weaker in 1979, compounded by the fact that the divisional structure that year was fundamentally different than it is in 2019.

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) San Francisco 49ers 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 479 310 W2
(5) Seattle Seahawks 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 405 398 L2
Los Angeles Rams 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 394 364 W1
Arizona Cardinals 5 10 1 .344 1–5 3–8–1 361 442 L1

ConferenceEdit

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] San Francisco 49ers West 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .504 .466 W2
2[a][b] Green Bay Packers North 13 3 0 .813 6–0 10–2 .453 .428 W5
3[a][b] New Orleans Saints South 13 3 0 .813 5–1 9–3 .486 .459 W3
4 Philadelphia Eagles East 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 .455 .417 W4
Wild Cards
5 Seattle Seahawks West 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 .531 .463 L2
6 Minnesota Vikings North 10 6 0 .625 2–4 7–5 .477 .356 L2
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Los Angeles Rams West 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .535 .438 W1
8[c] Chicago Bears North 8 8 0 .500 4–2 7–5 .508 .383 W1
9[c] Dallas Cowboys East 8 8 0 .500 5–1 7–5 .479 .316 W1
10[d] Atlanta Falcons South 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 .545 .518 W4
11[d] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .500 .384 L2
12 Arizona Cardinals West 5 10 1 .344 1–5 3–8–1 .529 .375 L1
13 Carolina Panthers South 5 11 0 .313 1–5 2–10 .549 .469 L8
14 New York Giants East 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 .473 .281 L1
15 Detroit Lions North 3 12 1 .219 0–6 2–9–1 .506 .375 L9
16 Washington Redskins East 3 13 0 .188 0–6 2–10 .502 .281 L4
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b c San Francisco finished ahead of Green Bay and New Orleans based on head-to-head sweep.
  2. ^ a b Green Bay finished ahead of New Orleans based on conference record.
  3. ^ a b Chicago finished ahead of Dallas based on head-to-head victory.
  4. ^ a b Atlanta finished ahead of Tampa Bay based on division record.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

Awards and honorsEdit

Recipient Award(s)
Aaron Donald Week 11: NFC Defensive Player of the Week
Jared Goff Week 13: NFC Offensive Player of the Week
Johnny Hekker Week 17: NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

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