Rams Power Rankings: Week 3

The Rams were victorious in Sunday's home opener in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, beating the Cardinals 34-0. After a dominant defensive performance and three successful two point conversions in Week 2, the Rams look ahead to the Los Angeles Chargers. Week 3's matchup against the Chargers will be the first time the two clubs meet as L.A.'s own.

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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 3:

Last Week: 2

Change: +1

"Boy oh boy, did the Rams look like a Super Bowl team on Sunday. Up 19-0 against the Cardinals early in the third quarter, Los Angeles came out aggressively. Jared Goff -- someone many readers still seem to feel is overrated -- threw two strikes into small windows on consecutive throws to move into Arizona territory, setting up a Rams touchdown by Todd Gurley. In other words, Sean McVay doesn't ease up on the gas pedal, and he trusts his quarterback, even after the previous possession had ended on a Patrick Peterson pick. With defenses so focused on No. 30 in the backfield, Goff takes advantage of 1-on-1 matchups wherever he sees them. And by takes advantage, we mean delivers accurate, on-time throws. Oh, yeah, and the defense pitched a shutout."

Last Week: 4

Change: +3

"The Rams are 2-0 for the first time since 2001, when they played in the Super Bowl. Los Angeles is now the favorite to win it all, by most measures. The Rams have the best odds to win the Super Bowl (5-1), according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, and also are 30 percent FPI favorites to win it all (best in league)." -- Doug Clawson

Last Week: 2

Change: +1

"That Rams defense that hasn't allowed a touchdown in seven quarters? All-world Aaron Donald has two solo tackles and no sacks already. Let's go out on a limb and say that won't continue. So yes, the Rams' defense should get even better."

Last Week: 3

Change: +2

"The Rams overwhelmed the Cardinals and take over the No. 1 spot. It would have been understandable if the Rams had started somewhat sluggishly while Coach Sean McVay and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips worked to blend all the newcomers with the holdovers from the team that reached last season's NFC playoffs. Instead, the Rams look very good right away, although the competition thus far has been lacking."

Last Week: 2

Change: +1

"The Rams, for a second time in as many weeks, were too much for an overmatched team. Offensively, the Rams fired on all cylinders, moving the ball at will on the ground and in the air. Jared Goff topped 350 passing yards. Todd Gurley had 73 total yards and three touchdowns—and that's with him taking half the game off."

"L.A. was just as dominant on defense. Cardinals tailback David Johnson had just 48 rushing yards and averaged only 3.7 yards a carry. Sam Bradford was shut down, throwing for all of 90 yards."

Last Week: 3

Change: +1

"No one else remotely approaches their 54-point scoring differential after two weeks. But first real test looms Sunday vs. cross-town Chargers."

Last Week: 5

Change: +3

"The best team in the NFC gets a chance to prove it's the best team in L.A. this weekend."

Last Week: 5

Change: +3

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT'S RANKS — LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

NFL.com — 11

ESPN.com — 12

Yahoo! Sports — 8

The Washington Post — 12

Bleacher Report — 8

USA Today — 10

Pro Football Talk — 10

Sports Illustrated — 11

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