2022 Los Angeles Rams season
|2022 Los Angeles Rams season|
|General manager||Les Snead|
|Head coach||Sean McVay|
|Home field||SoFi Stadium|
|Division place||1st NFC West|
The 2022 season is the Los Angeles Rams' 85th in the National Football League (NFL), their 86th overall, their 56th in the Greater Los Angeles Area, the third playing their home games at SoFi Stadium, their sixth under head coach Sean McVay, and eleventh under general manager Les Snead. They will attempt to improve upon their 12–5 record from last season, as well as become the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since the 2004 New England Patriots. The Rams will come into the 2022 season as the defending Super Bowl champions for the first time since 2000 when the club was based in St. Louis.
- The Minnesota Vikings hired Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell as their new head coach February 16, 2022. The following day, Chris O'Hara, an offensive assistant with the Rams in 2021, was hired to join O'Connell's staff as quarterbacks coach. On February 21, 2022, Wes Phillips was hired by the Vikings as offensive coordinator. Phillips had served as tight ends coach for McVay in two stints over five seasons with Washington (2014-2016) and Los Angeles (2019-2021), and in 2021 had added the title of pass game coordinator.
- The Denver Broncos named Rams secondary coach/passing game coordinator Ejiro Evero as defensive coordinator for new head coach Nathaniel Hackett's staff. Also hired from the Rams were assistant special teams coach Dwayne Stukes as special teams coordinator and assistant defensive line coach Marcus Dixon as defensive line coach on February 17, 2022.
- Liam Coen was hired as offensive coordinator, succeeding Kevin O'Connell. Coen had served as an assistant wide receivers and quarterbacks coach with the Rams from 2018 to 2020 before leaving to serve as offensive coordinator at the University of Kentucky.
- Thomas Brown, the Rams' running backs coach for the previous two seasons, was reassigned to take over for Phillips as tight ends coach, while retaining his position as assistant head coach.
- Fourth-year staffer Zac Robinson was given the dual titles of pass game coordinator/quarterbacks coach after spending the previous season as assistant quarterbacks coach.
- Lance Schulters, a former safety who played 10 years in the NFL primarily with the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans, was promoted to defensive assistant after spending 2021 on the Rams staff as a coaching fellow.
- Having coached linebackers over the previous five seasons with the Rams, Chris Shula was named pass game coordinator/defensive backs coach.
- Other internal promotions included Thad Bogardus being elevated to outside linebackers coach after spending 2021 as assistant linebackers coach, while Jonathan Cooley became defensive backs coach after serving as assistant secondary coach the previous season.
- Ra'Shaad Samples was hired to succeed Thomas Brown as Rams running backs coach after having held the same position at SMU.
- Greg Olson, who had served as Rams quarterbacks coach during Sean McVay's first season in 2017, returned to the club as a senior offensive assistant after spending the four previous seasons as offensive coordinator with the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders. Olson had also been offensive coordinator for the then-St. Louis Rams in 2006 and 2007.
- During preseason, Sean McVay announced that Jay Gruden, who had been head coach of the Washington Redskins during McVay's tenure there, had been hired as an offensive consultant and would work remotely for the team.
|4||142||Decobie Durant||CB||South Carolina State|
|5||164||Kyren Williams||RB||Notre Dame|
|7||235||Daniel Hardy||LB||Montana State|
|253||Russ Yeast||S||Kansas State|
|261||A. J. Arcuri||OT||Michigan State|
- The Rams traded their first-round selection as well as 2021 third-round selection and a 2023 first-round selection and quarterback Jared Goff to Detroit in exchange for quarterback Matthew Stafford.
- The Rams traded veteran wide receiver Robert Woods to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for a sixth-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft.
- The Rams acquired a seventh-round selection (238th overall) from the Miami Dolphins in a 2019 trade for cornerback Aqib Talib.
Draft Day trades
- The Rams traded their fifth round (175th overall) and seventh round (238th overall, previously acquired in the 2019 Aqib Talib trade) selections to Las Vegas in exchange for the Raiders' fifth round pick (164th overall), which was used to draft Notre Dame running back Kyren Williams.
- The Rams re-acquired cornerback Troy Hill from the Cleveland Browns in trade for a fifth round pick in 2023 NFL Draft.
- Los Angeles exchanged a sixth round compensatory selection (218th overall) to Tampa Bay and in return received two seventh round selections (235th, 261st) from the Buccaneers. The Rams used the picks to draft Kansas State safety Russ Yeast and Michigan State tackle A. J. Arcuri.
|Roger Carter||TE||Georgia State|||
|T. J. Carter||CB||TCU|
|Cameron Dicker||K, P||Texas|
|Jake Hummel||LB||Iowa State|
|Dan Isom||S||Washington State|
|Lance McCutcheon||WR||Montana State|
|Dion Novil||DT||North Texas|
|Jamal Pettigrew||TE||McNeese State|
|Jack Snyder||G||San Jose State|
|Brayden Thomas||LB||North Dakota State|
|Keir Thomas||Florida State|
|Benton Whitley||Holy Cross|
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→ Coaching staff
|Offensive linemen |
|Reserve lists |
The Rams' preseason opponents were announced May 12, 2022 along with the release of the NFL's regular season schedule, with exact dates and times announced eleven days later.
|1||August 13||at Los Angeles Chargers||W 29–22||1–0||SoFi Stadium||Recap|
|2||August 19||Houston Texans||L 20–24||1–1||SoFi Stadium||Recap|
|3||August 27||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 7–16||1–2||Paycor Stadium||Recap|
On May 10, the NFL announced that the Rams will host the Denver Broncos as part of a Christmas Day triple-header on December 25. The game will kick off at 1:30 p.m. PST, and will be televised by CBS and Nickelodeon.
|1||September 8||5:20 p.m.||Buffalo Bills||L 10–31||0–1||SoFi Stadium||NBC||Recap|
|2||September 18||1:05 p.m.||Atlanta Falcons||W 31–27||1–1||SoFi Stadium||Fox||Recap|
|3||September 25||1:25 p.m.||at Arizona Cardinals||W 20–12||2–1||State Farm Stadium||Fox||Recap|
|4||October 3||5:15 p.m.||at San Francisco 49ers||Levi's Stadium||ESPN|
|5||October 9||1:25 p.m.||Dallas Cowboys||SoFi Stadium||Fox|
|6||October 16||1:05 p.m.||Carolina Panthers||SoFi Stadium||Fox|
|8||October 30||1:25 p.m.||San Francisco 49ers||SoFi Stadium||Fox|
|9||November 6||1:25 p.m.||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Raymond James Stadium||CBS|
|10||November 13||1:25 p.m.||Arizona Cardinals||SoFi Stadium||Fox|
|11||November 20||10:00 a.m.||at New Orleans Saints||Caesars Superdome||Fox|
|12||November 27||1:25 p.m.||at Kansas City Chiefs||Arrowhead Stadium||Fox|
|13||December 4||1:05 p.m.||Seattle Seahawks||SoFi Stadium||Fox|
|14||December 8||5:15 p.m.||Las Vegas Raiders||SoFi Stadium||Prime Video|
|15||December 19||5:15 p.m.||at Green Bay Packers||Lambeau Field||ESPN/ABC|
|16||December 25||1:30 p.m.||Denver Broncos||SoFi Stadium||CBS/Nick|
|17||January 1||5:20 p.m.||at Los Angeles Chargers||SoFi Stadium||NBC|
|18||January 7/8||TBD||at Seattle Seahawks||Lumen Field||TBD|
- Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
- Networks and times from Weeks 5–13 and 17 are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.
- The date, time and network for Week 18 will be determined at the end of Week 17.
Week 1: vs. Buffalo Bills
Starting the 2022 campaign at home on Thursday Night Football, the Rams were shut out in the second half as Sean McVay lost a season opener for the first time as head coach. After falling behind 10-0 in the second quarter, Los Angeles rallied back on a 4-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford to wide receiver Cooper Kupp, while kicker Matt Gay converted a 57-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter. Stafford, who surpassed 50,000 career passing yards, completed 29 of 41 passes for 240 yards but threw three interceptions and was sacked seven times. Kupp, the NFL's leading receiver in 2021, caught 13 passes for 128 yards and a score to lead the Rams offense. Defensively, cornerback Jalen Ramsey led Los Angeles with six tackles but was victimized on a 53-yard touchdown pass from Bills quarterback Josh Allen to wide receiver Stefon Diggs in the fourth quarter, while linebacker Bobby Wagner had five tackles with two assists and a sack in his debut with the Rams.
Week 2: vs. Atlanta Falcons
at SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
The Rams built a commanding 28-3 lead in the third quarter, then had to withstand a fourth quarter rally by Atlanta to gain their first victory of the season. Quarterback Matthew Stafford connected with wide receiver Allen Robinson for a 1-yard touchdown late in the first quarter, then threw two more TD passes to wide receiver Cooper Kupp in the second (3 yards) and third quarters (10 yards). Running back Darrell Henderson led the team with 47 rushing yards on 10 attempts and scored on an 8-yard run in the second period. Rookie cornerback Cobie Durant returned an interception 51 yards late in the second quarter to set up a Rams touchdown and added two tackles including a sack of Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota. However, Mariota bounced back to throw two touchdown passes while Atlanta also scored after blocking Rams punter Riley Dixon to close to within 31-25. But Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey came up with a critical interception at the goal line with just over a minute remaining and the Rams were able to escape. Kapp had 11 receptions for 108 yards and two scores while Stafford passed for 272 yards and three TDs along with two interceptions. On defense, linebacker Ernest Jones had a team-high 12 tackles while fellow linebacker Bobby Wagner added seven tackles and a sack in the win for Los Angeles.
Week 3: at Arizona Cardinals
- Date: September 25
- Game time: 1:25 p.m. MST & PDT
- Game weather: None (retractable roof closed)
- Game attendance: 63,243
- Referee: Adrian Hill
- TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez and Laura Okmin
- Recap, Game Book
With a strong defensive performance that kept the Cardinals offense out of the end zone for the entire game, the Rams picked up their first NFC West victory of the season. The win was the Rams' eighth straight over Arizona at State Farm Stadium, a streak that started in 2015. Kicker Matt Gay converted field goals of 22 and 40 yards while wide receiver ran 20 yards on a jet sweep in the second quarter to score the first rushing touchdown of his NFL career as Los Angeles built a 13-0 lead. Running back Cam Akers rushed for a game-high 61 yards on 12 carries, including a 14-yard touchdown run to give the Rams a 20-9 advantage late in the third quarter. However, Akers was stripped of the ball at the goal line as Los Angeles was poised to go up by three scores midway through fourth quarter. Rookie cornerback Derion Kendrick and veteran linebacker Bobby Wagner shared the team lead in tackles with nine as they helped to limit the Cardinals to just four field goals by kicker Matt Prater. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald added six total tackles, including a sack of Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray for minus-15 yards in the first quarter that was the 100th sack of the perennial All-Pro's NFL career. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 249 yards but did not throw a touchdown pass in a game for the first time since coming to Los Angeles.
Week 4: at San Francisco 49ers
|Los Angeles Rams||2||1||0||.667||1–0||2–0||61||70||W2|
|San Francisco 49ers||1||2||0||.333||1–0||1–1||47||37||L1|
|2||Los Angeles Rams||West||2||1||0||.667||1–0||2–0||.444||.333||W2|
|4||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||South||2||1||0||.667||1–0||2–1||.556||.500||L1|
|5||Green Bay Packers||North||2||1||0||.667||1–1||2–1||.667||.667||W2|
|7||New York Giants||East||2||1||0||.667||0–1||1–1||.444||.333||L1|
|In the hunt|
|10||San Francisco 49ers||West||1||2||0||.333||1–0||1–1||.556||.333||L1|
|12||New Orleans Saints||South||1||2||0||.333||1–2||1–2||.444||.333||L2|
|w — Clinched wild card|
|x — Clinched playoff berth|
|y — Clinched division|
|z — Clinched first-round bye and home-field advantage|
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- ^ Patra, Kevin (October 29, 2019). "Rams ship CB Aqib Talib, fifth-rounder to Dolphins". NFL.com. Retrieved March 25, 2021.
- ^ "Get to know the Rams' 16 undrafted free agent signees". therams.com. May 21, 2022.
- ^ "Who could Super Bowl champion Rams face to kick off 2022 season?". NFL.com. February 14, 2022. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
- ^ "Broncos-Rams clash set for Christmas Day on CBS/Nickelodeon simulcast". NFL. May 10, 2022. Retrieved May 10, 2022.
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- Official website