Newton bounced back from last year’s career-low completion percentage of 52.9 this season with a respectable 59.1 percent overall. But it’s been an up-and-down year for him. His quarterback rating has ranged from Sunday’s low mark to a 141.8 back in Week 5 against the Lions.
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Newton’s previous low rating this season of 48.8 came two weeks before he completed 78.8 percent of his passes for 355 yards, three touchdowns, and no picks against Detroit to earn that 141.8 rating. Unfortunately for Newton, that 48.8 rating came against the Panthers’ opponent in the Wild Card round: the Saints.
The Rams emptied their bench Sunday, resting a litany of starters in a meaningless loss to the 49ers. Despite that Sean Mannion-led 13-point performance, Los Angeles still finished the 2017 season as the NFL’s highest-scoring team.
Limited Jack Mewhort Jersey The Rams’ 29.9 points per game was a testament to the running power of Todd Gurley and the development of Jared Goff, but it’s even more impressive when viewed through the lens of an awful 2016. No team scored fewer points in 2016 than Los Angeles, which struggled to a 4-12 record. Not only was 2017 a seven-game improvement in the standings, but it also marked the first time in more than 50 years that a team went from worst to first in total points.
The last team to do so? The 1965 San Francisco 49ers, which did it in a 14-team league in a time Authentic Kyle Long Jersey before the Super Bowl.
The former Rams coach never installed an offense that could fully utilize these quarterbacks, who now are meeting with a Super Bowl berth on the line.
Shurmur, expected to be the next New York Giants head coach, steered a Vikings offense that finished seventh in offensive points per game (23.31), 11th in yards per game (356.9) and third in third-down conversion percentage (43.5). The Vikings are one win away from playing the Super Bowl in their home stadium despite losing starting running back Dalvin Cook early on and being led most of the year by journeyman quarterback Case Keenum.
McVay’s work was even more impressive.
Under his watch, Jared Goff proved to be a franchise quarterback, Todd Gurley established himself among the NFL’s most dynamic running backs, and the Rams finally made headway in the nation’s second-largest media market. They went from averaging an NFL-low 14.0 points per game under Jeff Fisher in 2016 to 29.9 points per game under McVay in 2017.