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1997 St. Louis Rams

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5-11-0, NFC West Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.0, Offense: -1.8, Defense: -2.2, SoS: -0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 299 points (18.7/g), 23rd of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 359 points (22.4/g), 19th.
 Differential of -60 points (-3.8/g), 23rd.  Expected W-L: 6.3-9.7.

Coach: Dick Vermeil (5-11-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jerry Rhome
 Defensive Coordinator: Bud Carson

Stadium: TWA Dome
 Training Camp: Western Illinois University (Macomb, Illinois)

Team Info

Majority Owner/Chairman Georgia Frontiere
Head Coach/General Manager Dick Vermeil
Offensive Scheme Air Coryell
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 299 4761 1013 4.7 30 15 25 271 271 526 3198 14 15 5.6 161 443 1563 15 3.5 85
Team Defense 359 5066 1021 5.0 39 14 35 296 288 543 3379 26 25 5.8 177 440 1687 10 3.8 84
Lg Rank Offense 23 21 19 22 24 17 17 26 14 16 17 24 9 25
Lg Rank Defense 19 17 3 10 19 21 17 26 2 17 12 9 6 12

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun August 31 boxscore W 1-0 New Orleans Saints 38 24 20 403 214 189 1 13 241 159 82 5
2 Sun September 7 boxscore L 1-1 San Francisco 49ers 12 15 11 203 104 99 4 12 228 93 135 4
3 Sun September 14 boxscore L 1-2 @ Denver Broncos 14 35 18 314 184 130 2 19 377 233 144 2
4 Sun September 21 boxscore W 2-2 New York Giants 13 3 15 225 133 92 1 11 194 147 47 2
5 Sun September 28 boxscore L 2-3 @ Oakland Raiders 17 35 20 374 255 119 3 20 383 213 170 2
6 Bye Week
7 Sun October 12 boxscore L 2-4 @ San Francisco 49ers 10 30 7 113 83 30 3 21 345 189 156 1
8 Sun October 19 boxscore L 2-5 Seattle Seahawks 9 17 10 192 155 37 1 27 357 251 106 2
9 Sun October 26 boxscore L 2-6 Kansas City Chiefs 20 28 20 360 261 99 4 19 255 168 87
10 Sun November 2 boxscore L 2-7 @ Atlanta Falcons 31 34 24 507 399 108 1 28 462 265 197 1
11 Sun November 9 boxscore L 2-8 @ Green Bay Packers 7 17 16 269 203 66 1 18 387 291 96 3
12 Sun November 16 boxscore L 2-9 Atlanta Falcons 21 27 22 330 242 88 22 314 214 100 2
13 Sun November 23 boxscore L 2-10 Carolina Panthers 10 16 12 268 187 81 1 17 302 254 48 1
14 Sun November 30 boxscore W 3-10 @ Washington Redskins 23 20 19 398 284 114 19 301 240 61 2
15 Sun December 7 boxscore W 4-10 @ New Orleans Saints 34 27 23 343 229 114 3 16 284 240 44 4
16 Sun December 14 boxscore L 4-11 Chicago Bears 10 13 11 165 116 49 5 13 309 189 120 5
17 Sat December 20 boxscore W 5-11 @ Carolina Panthers 30 18 23 297 149 148 21 327 233 94 3

Passing

No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
12 Tony Banks 24 QB 16 16 5-11-0 252 487 51.7 3254 14 2.9 13 2.7 76 6.7 6.1 12.9 203.4 71.5 43 317 5.54 4.97 8.1 1 2
11 Mark Rypien 35 5 0 19 39 48.7 270 0 0.0 2 5.1 62 6.9 4.6 14.2 54.0 50.2 1 9 6.53 4.28 2.5
Team Total 26.1 16 5-11-0 271 526 51.5 3524 14 2.7 15 2.9 76 6.7 5.9 13.0 220.3 69.9 44 326 5.61 4.92 7.7 1 2
Opp Total 16 288 543 53.0 3675 26 4.8 25 4.6 6.8 5.65 12.8 229.7 71.3 38 296 5.8 4.8 6.5

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
21 Lawrence Phillips 22 RB 10 9 183 633 8 28 3.5 63.3 18.3 10 33 3.3 0 17 1.0 3.3 666 8 3
44 Jerald Moore 23 rb 9 5 104 380 3 26 3.7 42.2 11.6 8 69 8.6 0 19 0.9 7.7 449 3 4
12 Tony Banks 24 QB 16 16 47 186 1 23 4.0 11.6 2.9 186 1 15
34 Craig Heyward 31 FB 16 12 34 84 1 8 2.5 5.3 2.1 8 77 9.6 0 25 0.5 4.8 161 1 1
31 Amp Lee 26 rb 16 1 28 104 0 14 3.7 6.5 1.8 61 825 13.5 3 62 3.8 51.6 929 3 0
29 Ronald Moore 27 rb 7 2 24 103 1 27 4.3 14.7 3.4 4 34 8.5 0 13 0.6 4.9 137 1 0
28 David Thompson 22 KR 11 0 16 30 1 9 1.9 2.7 1.5 30 1 2
88 Eddie Kennison 24 PR/WR 14 9 3 13 0 6 4.3 0.9 0.2 25 404 16.2 0 76 1.8 28.9 417 0 2
81 Keith Crawford 27 wr 15 2 2 32 0 23 16.0 2.1 0.1 11 232 21.1 0 69 0.7 15.5 264 0 0
2 Mike Horan 38 P 10 0 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.3 0.1 -3 0 0
11 Mark Rypien 35 5 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.2 0.2 1 0 0
80 Isaac Bruce 25 WR 12 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 56 815 14.6 5 59 4.7 67.9 815 5 1
84 Ernie Conwell 25 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 38 404 10.6 4 46 2.4 25.3 404 4 0
83 Torrance Small 27 wr 13 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 32 488 15.3 1 46 2.5 37.5 488 1 0
86 Aaron Laing 26 te 15 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 31 6.2 1 11 0.3 2.1 31 1 0
82 Malcolm Floyd 25 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 39 9.8 0 14 1.0 9.8 39 0 0
82 Jermaine Ross 26 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 37 12.3 0 14 0.8 9.3 37 0 0
89 Mitch Jacoby 24 te 14 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 10 5.0 0 10 0.1 0.7 10 0 0
87 J.T. Thomas 26 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 25 12.5 0 16 0.5 6.3 25 0 0
60 Mike Gruttadauria 25 C 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.1 0.0 0 0 0
72 Zach Wiegert 25 RG 15 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 1 1.0 0 1 0.1 0.1 1 0 0
Team Total 26.1 16 443 1563 15 28 3.5 97.7 27.7 271 3524 13.0 14 76 16.9 220.3 5087 29 29
Opp Total 16 440 1687 10 3.8 105.4 27.5 288 3379 11.7 26 18.0 211.2 5066 36 27

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
28 David Thompson 22 KR 11 0 49 1110 0 56 22.7 1140
88 Eddie Kennison 24 PR/WR 14 9 34 247 0 43 7.3 1 14 0 14 14.0 678
82 Jermaine Ross 26 4 0 2 12 0 6 6.0 6 130 0 42 21.7 179
87 J.T. Thomas 26 4 0 5 97 0 24 19.4 122
82 Malcolm Floyd 25 4 0 4 15 0 8 3.8 54
31 Amp Lee 26 rb 16 1 4 71 0 19 17.8 1000
29 Ronald Moore 27 rb 7 2 1 17 0 17 17.0 154
96 Jay Williams 26 de 16 2 1 10 0 10 10.0 10
90 Jeff Zgonina 27 15 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
Team Total 26.1 16 40 274 0 43 6.9 68 1454 0 56 21.4 6815
Opp Total 16 60 618 1 10.3 54 1262 1 23.4

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
14 Jeff Wilkins 25 K 16 0 9 8 12 8 14 7 2 2 37 25 67.6% 32 32 100.0%
2 Mike Horan 38 P 10 0 53 2272 60 0 42.9
10 Will Brice 23 p 6 0 41 1713 61 1 41.8
Team Total 26.1 16 9 8 12 8 14 7 2 2 37 25 67.6% 32 32 100.0% 94 3985 61 1 42.4
Opp Total 16 31 26 83.9% 31 31 100.0% 82 3649 44.5

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
41 Todd Lyght 28 LCB 16 16 1.0 4 25 0 13 0 1 0 2 0 0 72 13
35 Keith Lyle 25 FS 16 16 2.0 8 102 0 39 0 3 0 0 0 0 70 14
52 Mike Jones 28 LLB 16 16 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 70 19
47 Ryan McNeil 27 RCB 16 16 9 127 1 75 0 0 1 1 0 0 62 9
55 Robert Jones 28 MLB 16 15 1.0 61 17
32 Toby Wright 27 SS 11 11 1 0 1 34 0 60 15
58 Roman Phifer 29 RLB 16 15 2.0 57 18
79 Bill Johnson 29 LDT 16 16 4.0 0 0 1 0 0 44 9
91 Leslie O'Neal 33 RDE 15 14 10.0 1 5 0 5 0 1 0 2 66 1 35 8
93 Kevin Carter 24 LDE 16 16 7.5 3 0 2 5 0 32 10
75 D'Marco Farr 26 RDT 16 16 3.0 1 22 0 22 0 1 0 2 0 0 26 10
90 Jeff Zgonina 27 15 0 2.0 19 2
20 Taje Allen 24 db 14 1 18 1
23 Gerald McBurrows 24 db 8 3 16 3
22 Billy Jenkins 23 db 16 2 13 5
24 Dexter McCleon 24 db 16 1 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 13 0
92 Bryan Robinson 23 11 0 1.0 10 0
12 Tony Banks 24 QB 16 16 0 15 3 -27 0
96 Jay Williams 26 de 16 2 1.0 4 3
44 Jerald Moore 23 rb 9 5 0 4 2 0 0
72 Zach Wiegert 25 RG 15 15 0 0 4 0 1
21 Lawrence Phillips 22 RB 10 9 0 3 0 0 0
28 David Thompson 22 KR 11 0 0 2 1 0 0
38 Marquis Walker 25 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
53 Nate Dingle 26 9 0 1 0
88 Eddie Kennison 24 PR/WR 14 9 0 2 0 0 0
80 Isaac Bruce 25 WR 12 12 0 1 0 0 0
84 Ernie Conwell 25 TE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
81 Keith Crawford 27 wr 15 2 0 0 1 0 0
34 Craig Heyward 31 FB 16 12 0 1 0 0 0
76 Orlando Pace 22 LT 13 9 0 0 1 0 0
94 Jeff Robinson 27 16 0 0.5
Team Total 26.1 16 38.0 25 281 1 75 0 10 29 25 78 2 684 156
Opp Total 16 44 27 13 1

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
14 Jeff Wilkins 25 K 16 0 32 25 107
21 Lawrence Phillips 22 RB 10 9 8 8 48
80 Isaac Bruce 25 WR 12 12 5 5 30
84 Ernie Conwell 25 TE 16 16 4 4 24
31 Amp Lee 26 rb 16 1 3 3 18
44 Jerald Moore 23 rb 9 5 3 3 18
12 Tony Banks 24 QB 16 16 1 1 6
34 Craig Heyward 31 FB 16 12 1 1 6
86 Aaron Laing 26 te 15 3 1 1 6
47 Ryan McNeil 27 RCB 16 16 1 1 6
29 Ronald Moore 27 rb 7 2 1 1 6
91 Leslie O'Neal 33 RDE 15 14 1 1 6
83 Torrance Small 27 wr 13 7 1 1 6
28 David Thompson 22 KR 11 0 1 1 6
72 Zach Wiegert 25 RG 15 15 1 1 6
Team Total 26.1 16 15 14 2 1 32 32 25 299
Opp Total 16 10 26 1 1 1 7 31 26 1 359