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Rams Power Rankings: Week 16


After a dominant 42-7 victory over the Seahawks, the Rams are in strong position to win their first NFC West division title since 2003. If L.A. is able to come home with a victory on Christmas Eve with a win over the Titans, the club will clinch its division.

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:

Last Week: 5

Change: -

"You knew it was the Rams' day when Todd Gurley took it 57 yards to the house on a run designed to merely get out of Dodge on third down. L.A. racked up 352 yards on the Seahawks' defense. You can point to Seattle's injuries, sure -- but the missing players are on the back end. The Seahawks were pushed around all day by the upstart Rams, who are still in the mix for a first-round bye. Sean McVay's team has scored 438 points in 14 games. The Rams scored 224 all of last year. That's insane."

Last Week: 4

Change: -1

"Andrew Whitworth, Aaron Donald and Johnny Hekker (3): Whitworth has solidified the Rams' offensive line this season, which has helped Todd Gurley II's resurgence. Donald solidified the defensive line years ago and has matched a career high with 11.0 sacks in 2017."

Last Week: 5

Change: +2

"Oh, wow. Sunday's win over the Seahawks is the best game an NFL team has played this season. That was shocking. And even before that performance, the Rams were playing like one of the best teams we've seen in years. The Rams were in the top five in offense, defense and special teams in Football Outsiders' DVOA metric before Week 15, and only four other teams had pulled that off after 14 weeks, dating back to 1989: the 1991 Redskins, 1992 Eagles, 1996 Packers and 2012 Seahawks. That's some great company. And then the Rams won 42-7 at Seattle. Maybe we shouldn't have been so surprised by that result. I'm buying."

Last Week: 9

Change: +3

"Their shockingly lopsided victory in Seattle reestablishes the Rams as a top NFC contender. They went 2-2 in their four recent games against the Vikings, Saints, Eagles and Seahawks, and close the regular season against the faltering Titans and the 49ers. A 12-win season is well within reach."

Last Week: 4

Change: -1

"Los Angeles knocked off the division bully 42-7 and another victory or Seattle loss would clinch an NFC West title. The Rams still have a shot at the No. 2 seed if they're able to win out and the Minnesota Vikings lose their remaining two games.

Either way, the Rams didn't ask for respect as a playoff contender. The club went into a hostile environment and took their space among NFC heavyweights.

With all the talk about rookie running backs Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara, don't overlook Todd Gurley, who's exploded as a dual-threat in the backfield under head coach Sean McVay. The third-year ball-carrier out of Georgia has 1,817 yards from scrimmage and 17 total touchdowns."

Last Week: 4

Change: -

"Was there a more impressive win league-wide this season than issuing Seattle the worst loss of the Pete Carroll regime in the NFL's toughest venue?

Last Week: 8

Change: -

"If the Rams that showed up in Seattle show up in the playoffs, they'll be showing up in the Super Bowl."

Last Week: 4

Change: -


NFL.com — 20

ESPN.com — 18

Yahoo! Shutdown Corner — 18

Pro Football Talk — 17

The Washington Post — 18

USA Today — 17

Bleacher Report — 18

Sports Illustrated — 18

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