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1983 Los Angeles Rams season


1983 Los Angeles Rams season

1983 Los Angeles Rams season
Head coach John Robinson
Owner Georgia Frontiere
Home field Anaheim Stadium
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd NFC West
Playoff finish Won Wild Card
Lost Divisional
Previous season Next season
< 1982 1984 >

The 1983 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 46th year with the National Football League and the 38th season in the city of Los Angeles. The franchise drafted a future Hall of Fame Running Back in Eric Dickerson.


  • Offseason 1
    • NFL Draft 1.1
  • Personnel 2
    • Staff 2.1
  • Regular season 3
    • Eric Dickerson 3.1
    • Schedule 3.2
    • Playoffs 3.3
    • Standings 3.4
  • Awards and honors 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


NFL Draft

1983 Los Angeles Rams draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 2 Eric Dickerson *   Running back Southern Methodist
2 32 Henry Ellard *  Wide receiver Fresno State
2 36 Mike Wilcher  Linebacker North Carolina
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career





Regular season

Eric Dickerson

While he considered going to the Los Angeles Express in the United States Football League, Dickerson decided to go into the National Football League at the advice of his mother because the NFL had been around longer. He was selected second overall in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. An immediate pro success, he established rookie records for most rushing attempts (390), most rushing yards gained (1,808) and most touchdowns rushing (18), including another two receiving touchdowns.[3] His efforts earned him All-Pro, Pro Bowl, Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors.[4]


Week Date Opponent Result Summary Attendance
1 September 4, 1983 at New York Giants W 16–6 Vince Ferragamo tossed 2 TD passes to new TE Mike Barber and rookie Eric Dickerson rushed for 91 yards on 31 carries in his Ram debut. Rams were also buoyed by the defense, which sacked Giants QB Scott Brunner five times and intercepted 3 passes.
2 September 11, 1983 New Orleans Saints W 30–27 In a barnburner of a game, the Saints took a late 4th quarter lead, 27–21, on a Ken Stabler TD pass to Eugene Goodlow. After stalling on their next drive, the Rams pinned the Saints deep and punter Russell Erxleben chose to run out of the end zone for a safety. However, Ferragamo and the Rams took the free kick and drove to the winning score on a 3-yard run by Dickerson, his third of the day.
3 September 18, 1983 at Green Bay Packers L 27–24 Rams fought back from a 17–3 halftime deficit with 21 unanswered points in the third. Ferragamo threw for 2 TD's and Dickerson rushed for another, but the Packers came back in the fourth and won a late FG.
4 September 25, 1983 at New York Jets L 27–24 Dickerson ripped off an 85-yard TD run on the first play from scrimmage and finished with 192 yards rushing, but the Jets prevailed in OT as Richard Todd passed for 446 yards and two TD's. This game was marred by a brawl between Rams OT Jackie Slater and Jets DE Mark Gastineau after Gastineau did his infamous "sack dance".
5 October 2, 1983 Detroit Lions W 21–10 New superstar Dickerson paved the way as Rams got back on winning track, rushing for 199 yards and all three Rams TD's.
6 October 9, 1983 at San Francisco 49ers W 10–7 Rams gained an early upper hand in the NFC West in a tough defensive struggle on the road. Dickerson rushed for 142 yards and the Rams only TD
7 October 16, 1983 Atlanta Falcons W 27–21 Rams fought back from a 21–7 deficit as Ferragamo hit Mike Guman on a late TD pass. Dickerson was held in check (64 yards), but scored two more TD's.
8 October 23, 1983 San Francisco 49ers L 45–35 49ers prevailed in a slugfest, overcoming 5 TD passes by Ferragamo and 144 yards rushing by Dickerson. The 49ers rallied from a 28–17 deficit by scoring 28 fourth quarter points, the go-ahead TD coming when DE Dwaine Board recovered a Dickerson fumble in the end zone. Joe Montana tossed 3 TDs for the winners.
9 October 30, 1983 at Miami Dolphins L 30–14 Dolphins pulled away in the second half behind rookie QB Dan Marino, who passed for 2 TD's and ran for another.
10 November 6, 1983 Chicago Bears W 21–14 Rams rolled to a 14–0 halftime lead and held on. Dickerson had 127 yards and 2 more TD's
11 November 14, 1983 at Atlanta Falcons W 36–13 Dickerson and backup Barry Redden both went over 100 yards rushing and Ferragamo passed for two TD's in this Monday night rout.
12 November 20, 1983 Washington Redskins L 42–20 Rams were blown out at home by the defending Super Bowl champs. The Redskins rolled up 479 yards of offense and got 3 rushing TD's from John Riggins and 4 FG's from Mark Moseley.
13 November 27, 1983 Buffalo Bills W 41–17 Ferragamo passed for 3 TD's and Dickerson ran for 125 yards and another TD. CB Johnnie Johnson sealed the victory with a 60-yard INT return for a TD late.
14 December 4, 1983 at Philadelphia Eagles L 13–9 In a tough game in the cold at Philadelphia, the Rams couldn't crack the end zone and the Eagles won on a Ron Jaworski TD pass late.
15 December 11, 1983 New England Patriots L 21–7 This was a sloppy clunker for the Rams at home as Mosi Tatupu ran for all three Patriots TD's and the Rams lost six fumbles. The loss eliminated the Rams from the NFC West division race.
16 December 18, 1983 at New Orleans Saints W 26–24 Needing a win for a playoff berth, the Rams failed to cross the goal line on offense, but were helped by defense and special teams on the road. In a nip-and-tuck battle, the Saints scored first on a Stabler TD pass. The Rams then ran off 16 unanswered points on a Jack Youngblood safety, a punt return TD by Henry Ellard, and an INT return TD by Johnnie Johnson. The Saints got a TD run by backup QB Dave Wilson and a FG, but then Nolan Cromwell returned an INT for a TD. After the Saints scored their final TD to go up by one, Mike Lansford won it for the Rams on a late FG.


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard December 26, 1983 at Dallas Cowboys W 24–17
Divisional January 1, 1984 at Washington Redskins L 51–7


NFC West
San Francisco 49ers(2) 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 432 293 W3
Los Angeles Rams(5) 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 361 344 W1
New Orleans Saints 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 319 337 L1
Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 370 389 W1

Awards and honors

See also

Other Anaheim–based teams in 1983


  1. ^ "1983 Los Angeles Rams draftees". Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (March 1, 1983). "Transactions". The Evening News. Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ Eric's Days as a Ram,
  4. ^ Eric Dickerson: Pro Football Hall of Fame,
  5. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF).  

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