Traversing a perfect regular season in the NFL is a tough nut to crack and has been done four times in the modern era and the teams include the 1934 and 1942 Chicago Bears, the 1972 Miami Dolphins and the 2007 New England Patriots.
The Dolphins were the only team who did not lose in the postseason and finished a perfect 17-0.
The Rams, who have won seven games without a setback, are working their way in that direction after last Sunday’s 39-10 rout of the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.
Third-year quarterback Jared Goff (18 of 24 for 202 yards) and fourth-year running back Todd Gurley, the NFL’s Offensive Most Valuable Player in 2017, were the offensive leaders.
Gurley ran for 63 yards on 15 carries and scored on a seven-yard romp early in the second quarter for a 10-0 lead and added a one-yard scurry with 6:04 left in the third quarter as the Rams bolted ahead 32-7.
Goff’s 12-yard scoring pass to Gurley (23 yards on four receptions) with 11:35 on the clock in the fourth, handed the Rams, who last went 7-0 in 1985, a 29-point cushion.
Goff also had a 19-yard offering to wide receiver Brandin Cooks (64 yards on four catches) with 2:30 on the ticker before intermission that made it 22-0.
Gurley is a two-time Pro Bowler, the Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 and Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2015.
The Rams’ defense was stellar as they sacked quarterback C.J. Beathard (15 of 27 for 170 yards and two interceptions) seven times with defensive tackle Aaron Donald (eight tackles and one assist) collecting a personal-best four sacks.
“We’ve got to keep getting better, stay hungry, keep this rolling,’’ said Donald of the brilliant start. “Because being 7-0 feels good.’’
The 49ers scored on Beathard’s 10-yard toss to tight end George Kittle (98 yards on five receptions) with 13 seconds left in the first half that trimmed the lead to 22-7.
San Francisco (1-6) tacked on a 51-yard field goal by Robbie Gould with 2:37 left in the third frame, shaving the margin to 32-10.
Greg Zuerlein kicked three field goals for the Rams (331 total net yards) that covered 35 yards with 6:34 left in the opening frame for a 3-0 lead, 37 yards with 10:05 on the clock in the second that made it 15-0 and 33 yards with 8:06 in the third that pushed it to 25-7.
When linebacker Cory Littleton (eight tackles with two assists and two sacks) blocked a punt for a safety with 12:59 remaining in the second quarter, the 49ers (228 total yards) fell behind 12-0.
Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.