Week 2 of the NFL season is upon us. The Rams are gearing up to take on the Redskins at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles is coming off of a dominant win over the Colts in its season opener last weekend.
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 2:* *
NFL.com, Elliot Harrison Rank: 23
Last Week: 29
"Well, that was a heckuva debut for new coach Sean McVay. The Rams put up 46 points, a feat that might have taken last season's team five games to accomplish. L.A. became the first squad in NFL history to score on two pick-sixes and record a safety in the same game. Jared Goff became the first Jared Goff to throw for 300 yards in an NFL game. (Don't worry though, Rams fans, all is not amiss: Todd Gurley II still had six-inch holes to run through.) In his postgame press conference, McVay forgot to provide the injury report, attributing the minor gaffe "to being new at this." He used the exact same excuse when he asked the league office if they could play the Colts again next week."
Last Week: 27
"The Rams scored 46 points in Week 1, their most in a season-opener in the Super Bowl era. Possible overreaction: New head coach Sean McVay has the offense moving the ball, and the defense dominated without Aaron Donald. The Rams will be in the NFC playoff picture in 2017."
Yahoo! Shutdown Corner Rank:20
Last Week: 25
"It's hard to get too crazy, because the Colts looked incompetent. But it was a fantastic performance in every way for the Rams, and also figure that star defensive tackle Aaron Donald didn't play because of his holdout."
USA Today Rank:19
Last Week: 24
"QB Jared Goff notched first career W and 300-yard game. The offense scored 30 points, which Rams did once in 2016. Even better, the D scored 16."
CBS Sports, Pete Prisco Rank:18
Last Week: 26
"Getting the Colts without Andrew Luck was a nice way to open the season. But they looked good blowing them out."
The Washington Post Rank:16
Last Week: 27
"Jared Goff looked like a franchise QB and the defense was overpowering against the Colts. Plenty of credit goes to Coach Sean McVay and defensive guru Wade Phillips. It's only one game, of course, and the Luck-less Colts might be putrid. But it still signals considerable improvement by the Rams under their new regime. The defense should get even better with the return of DT Aaron Donald. McVay will see plenty of familiar faces when the Redskins visit L.A. this weekend."
Bleacher Report Rank:25
Last Week: 28
Sports Illustrated, Peter King Rank:23
Last Week: 26
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT'S RANKS — WASHINGTON REDSKINS
NFL.com — 20
ESPN.com — 24
Yahoo! Shutdown Corner — 23
USA Today — 25
Bleacher Report — 23
CBS Sports — 25
Sports Illustrated — 24
The Washington Post — 24