Skip to main content

Rams News | Los Angeles Rams -

Daily Dose: Power rankings, projected wins, and playoff chances

Each weekday, will be taking a look around the internet for the top Rams headlines of the day. Here's a look at what's out there for Wednesday, May 8 about your Los Angeles Rams.



ESPN's NFL Nation reporters broke down where each NFL team improved in the latest edition of preseason power rankings. The Football Power Index ratings are 'composed of a predicted offensive, defensive and special teams efficiency for each team, as measured by expected points added per play.' The model is also used to make season-long predictions.

The Rams sit behind the Chiefs and Saints at the top of the rankings, and Nation reporter Lindsey Thiry points to an improved pass rush.

No. 3 Los Angeles Rams - Where the team improved this offseason: "Pass rush. The Rams re-signed outside linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. after he proved himself as a playmaker in only half a season under Wade Phillips. Fowler's production took a significant step forward in the playoffs, and that trend is likely to continue after his first training camp with the team. The Rams also added veteran pass-rusher Clay Matthews. Despite a drop in production last season, it's likely that Matthews' savvy will help a young group that also includes third-year pro Samson Ebukam." --- Lindsey Thiry

Projected wins: 10.1; Chance to make playoffs: 76.4 percent

For the full power rankings, projected wins, and playoff chances for each team, click here.

TOP 10 OFFENSES's Chris Wesseling tabbed the Rams offense as the league's No. 5 offense, still a few months out of the 2019 season.

Here's a look at Wesseling's grades each position group:

Quarterback: B "If his disturbing Super Bowl LIII performance raises doubts about the upcoming season, the presence of play-calling savant Sean McVay should allay the darkest fears of Rams fans."

Backfield: B+ "Even with third-round draft pick Darrell Henderson around for insurance, Gurley's durability and explosiveness are two of the biggest question marks in the Rams' quest for another NFC title."

Receiving corps: B+ "As productive as that tandem was in 2018, Kupp's November ACL injury left Goff without a safety blanket in key situations. McVay's quarterback averaged roughly 330 yards with Kupp in the lineup, compared to 256 yards without benefit of the chain-moving slot receiver."

Offensive line: B+ "[C John Sullivan & LT Rodger Saffold] is expected to be replaced by 2018 draft picks Joseph Noteboom and Brian Allen, offering younger legs but little NFL experience. This unit could go either way in 2019."

For a closer look at the league's top-10 offenses heading into 2019 and more on the Rams, click here.


Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus took to Twitter to show how running back Darrell Henderson might fit in to head coach Sean McVay's offense in year one.

Related Content