Rams Power Rankings: Week 16

The Rams lost their second-straight game of the regular season for the first time under head coach Sean McVay Week 15 in L.A.

Los Angeles (11-3) will look to halt its first losing streak in nearly two seasons this Sunday against the three-win Arizona Cardinals. The Rams shut out the Cardinals Week 2 at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum in a near-perfect defensive performance, allowing just 137 yards of total offense.

Every week,TheRams.com will be taking an aggregate look at where the team ranks in different outlets across the sports media landscape. Here are the power rankings for the Rams heading into Week 16:

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Last Week: 3

Change: -2

“Another so-so showing from the Rams has many league observers wondering where Sean McVay's team resides in the pantheon of Super Bowl wannabes. Two weeks ago, Los Angeles sleepwalked through most of an afternoon in Detroit and won. One week back, the Rams were clobbered in Chicago. This past Sunday night? They were taken down by the Eagles, who appeared more Super Bowl-ready than their hosts. Maybe it was the Nick Foles effect. Or maybe opposing DCs are preparing more effectively for McVay's offense, with a 30-game catalogue to study and no Cooper Kupp to cover. There is not a high quantity of slot receivers who can get open vertically.”

Last Week: 3

Change: -1

Biggest breakthrough: S John Johnson III. Johnson is a second-year pro whom the Rams drafted in the third round from Boston College. He made his way into the starting lineup five games into his rookie season, but in 2018, Johnson has taken his play to the next level. He has intercepted a team-best four passes, has 10 pass deflections and is second on the team in total tackles with 106.”

Last Week: 2

Change: -2

“I’m not going to dump the Rams way down the list, but the last two weeks don’t look very good. And obviously, if Todd Gurley’s knee injury is worse than it appears, this becomes a different team.”

Last Week: 3

Change: -1

“For the second consecutive game, a Rams team that has looked nigh unstoppable much of the season lost—this time to a flawed Eagles team that came into the week a game under .500. The offense was out of sync and committed three turnovers. The defense allowed 381 yards of offense and had a number of head-shaking lapses in coverage.”

Last Week: 2

Change: -2

“Rough couple weeks for a team limping to regular-season finish line. Luckily for them, Cardinals and 49ers poised to cheer them to the tape.”

Last Week: 3

Change: -2

“Maybe the right answer to Jared Goff vs. Carson Wentz is “Nick Foles.”

Last Week: 3

Change: -4

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT'S RANKS — ARIZONA CARDINALS

NFL.com — 32

ESPN.com — 32

Yahoo! Sports — 32

Bleacher Report — 32

USA Today — 32

Pro Football Talk — 32

Sports Illustrated — 32

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