1975 Los Angeles Rams season

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1975 Los Angeles Rams season
Head coachChuck Knox
OwnerCarroll Rosenbloom
Home fieldLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Division place1st NFC West
Playoff finishWon Divisional (Cardinals) 35–23
Lost Conference (Cowboys) 37–7

The 1975 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 38th year with the National Football League and the 30th season in Los Angeles.

In 2007, ESPN.com ranked the 1975 Rams as the tenth-greatest defense in NFL history.[1] Said ESPN.com, "Fred Dryer. Jack Youngblood. Merlin Olson. Get the idea? They weren't the "Fearsome Foursome," but with those guys anchoring the defensive line, and All-Pros Isiah Robertson (linebacker) and Dave Elmendorf (safety), the Rams were almost impossible to score against. The Rams went 12–2, holding opponents to just 9.6 points a game, (the second-lowest average in NFL history) and ending the season with a six-game winning streak during which they gave up just 32 points. The defense wasn't as impressive in the postseason, surrendering 23 points in a first-round 35–23 victory over the offensive powerhouse Cardinals before losing 37–7 to the Cowboys in the NFC title game."


NFL Draft[edit]

1975 Los Angeles Rams draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 9 Mike Fanning  Defensive tackle Notre Dame
1 11 Dennis Harrah *  tackle Miami
1 20 Doug France *  tackle Ohio State
2 28 Monte Jackson *  Cornerback San Diego State
2 48 Leroy Jones  Defensive end Norfolk State
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career


1975 Los Angeles Rams roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad {{{practice_squad}}}

Rookies in italics

Regular season[edit]


Week Date Opponent Result Details
1 September 21, 1975 at Dallas Cowboys L 18–7 A supposedly-rebuilding Cowboys team shocked the heavily favored Rams in this opener. The new-look "Doomsday Defense" held James Harris to 1-of-10 passing for five yards and picked off three passes. Toni Fritsch kicked four field goals.
2 September 28, 1975 at San Francisco 49ers W 23–14 Rams looked on the verge of starting the season 0–2, falling behind 14–3 at the half. However, they took control as rookie CB Monte Jackson recovered a blocked punt for one touchdown and Harris passed for another. Club-footed kicker Tom Dempsey's 51-yard FG put the Rams ahead to stay.
3 October 5, 1975 Baltimore Colts W 24–13 For the second straight game, this time at home, the Rams fell behind at the half and had a strong second half. Harris passed for 294 yards and two touchdowns and Lawrence McCutcheon ran for 95 yards and another TD.
4 October 12, 1975 at San Diego Chargers W 13–10 The Chargers, who would start this season 0–11, gave the Rams a surprisingly tough battle. McCutcheon ran for 112 yards and Dempsey won it with an overtime FG.
5 October 19, 1975 Atlanta Falcons W 22–7 Rams dominated at home, getting 200 yards both rushing and passing. Harris passed for two touchdowns and Dempsey had three FG's.
6 October 26, 1975 New Orleans Saints W 38–14 Rams appeared to be rolling, getting four rushing TD's. Cullen Bryant scored two and rookie Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti scored his first NFL TD.
7 November 3, 1975 at Philadelphia Eagles W 42–3 Dominant road performance. Rams ran up 415 yards of offense and Harris passed for three TD's. Fred Dryer and Isiah Robertson both returned interceptions for TD's as well.
8 November 9, 1975 San Francisco 49ers L 24–23 Rams went up 14–0 in the first quarter at home and appeared to be cruising. However, 49ers QB Steve Spurrier shocked the L.A. Coliseum crowd with three second half TD passes and a game-winning drive that ended with a 54-yard FG by Steve Mike-Mayer.
9 November 16, 1975 at Atlanta Falcons W 16–7 Harris passed for 242 yards and a TD and Dempsey had three FG's as Rams got back on winning track on the road.
10 November 23, 1975 Chicago Bears W 38–10 Rams' ball-control offense rolled again as Cappelletti scored a pair of TD's and McCutcheon ran for 114 yards and two more..
11 November 27, 1975 at Detroit Lions W 20–0 Harris threw for 3 TD's as the defense pitched a shutout.
12 December 7, 1975 at New Orleans Saints W 14–7 The 2–10 Saints gave the Rams a surprisingly tough fight at the Louisiana Superdome. The defense did most of the scoring; Jack Youngblood had a safety and linebacker Jim Peterson returned a fumble 67 yards for a TD.
13 December 14, 1975 Green Bay Packers W 22–5 Harris was knocked out early with a shoulder injury and backup Ron Jaworski led the Rams to the victory. Harris would miss the remainder of the regular season.
14 December 20, 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers W 10–3 In what most football experts thought would be a Super Bowl X preview, the Rams won a tight defensive struggle. The defense held the defending champs to only five pass completions and picked off three passes. Jaworski scored the winning TD in the 4th on a run.

Week 1: Dallas Cowboys[edit]

1 2 34Total
Rams 0 0 077
Cowboys 0 9 3618

at Texas Stadium, Irving, TX

  • Date: September 21
  • Game time: 3:00
  • Game weather: 68 °F (20 °C), wind 12 mph
  • Box Score


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 27, 1975 St. Louis Cardinals W 35–23
Conference Championship January 4, 1976 Dallas Cowboys L 37–7

NFC Championship Game[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 37, Los Angeles Rams 7
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 7 14 13337
Rams 0 0 077

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: January 4
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 51 °F (11 °C), wind 8 mph, relative humidity 58%
  • TV: CBS
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information
First quarter

Second quarter

  • DAL - Golden Richards 4-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Toni Fritsch kick) - Cowboys 14-0
  • DAL - Preston Pearson 15-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Toni Fritsch kick) - Cowboys 21-0

Third quarter

  • DAL - Preston Pearson 19-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Toni Fritsch kick) - Cowboys 28-0
  • DAL - Toni Fritsch 40-yard field goal - Cowboys 31-0
  • DAL - Toni Fritsch 26-yard field goal - Cowboys 34-0

Fourth quarter


NFC West
Los Angeles Rams(2) 12 2 0 .857 5–1 9–2 312 135 W6
San Francisco 49ers 5 9 0 .357 3–3 4–7 255 286 L4
Atlanta Falcons 4 10 0 .286 3–3 3–8 240 289 L1
New Orleans Saints 2 12 0 .143 1–5 2–9 165 360 L7


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