Rams Power Rankings: Week 8

On Sunday, the Rams improved to a perfect 7-0 to start the season for the first time since 1985. The Rams defeated the 49ers 39-10, thanks to a strong performance by the defense. Led by DT Aaron Donald, the Rams sacked quarterback C.J. Beathard seven times, and forced four takeaways on the afternoon.

The Rams will now look to improve to 8-0 back at home in the L.A. Coliseum against the Green Bay Packers.

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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 8:

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“The Rams charge to 7-0, besting their long-time adversaries from the north. The 49ers were no match for a team sitting on the NFL's top shelf, even though the Niners donned the same jerseys they wore in their most recent Super Bowl title season. The usual chatter around the Rams centers around Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and the offense, but on Sunday, it was about the defensive line blowing up the center of the 49ers' offense. Aaron Donald posted four sacks and a rip job worthy of Peanut Tillman. While you're watching highlights, check out how fast Donald collapses the pocket, deep in San Francisco territory. Since we're having so much fun with L.A.'s dominance on video ... I never thought this delayyyyyyyyyyyed screen that Goff threw across his body -- and all the way across the field -- would result in Gurley scoring yet another touchdown.”

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Need more from: P Johnny Hekker. There's not much to gripe about with the Rams' 7-0 start, and they don't punt often -- but when they do, Hekker hasn't been as productive as last year. The Rams are averaging the third-fewest yards per punt this season after averaging the fourth most last year. -- Michael Schwartzv

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“Aaron Donald had four sacks and six tackles for loss on Sunday. He also had an absolutely incredible play in which he simply took the ball from 49ers running back Matt Breida for a forced fumble and recovery. Imagine how good the Rams are going to be if Donald is hitting a hot streak.”

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“The defense was even better than the offense; Los Angeles racked up seven sacks and forced four turnovers. Defensive lineman Aaron Donald piled up four of those sacks by himself.”

“It was a beautiful display of precision on both sides of the ball and painful to watch. The NFL's best team against one of its worst. Make no mistake: the Rams are the best team in football. It isn't even close.”

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“They don't have that 'x' designation in the standings yet for officially clinching a playoff berth, but all 24 teams starting 7-0 since 1990 have reached postseason.”

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“It’s way too early to think about 16-0, especially with the Packers, Saints, and Chiefs looming.”

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“The Rams aren’t moving from the top spot until somebody takes them down. But with a stretch of Packers, at Saints, Seahawks, Chiefs, it could easily happen in the next four weeks.”

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT'S RANKS — GREEN BAY PACKERS

NFL.com — 13

ESPN.com — 12

Yahoo! Sports — 11

Bleacher Report — 14

USA Today — 11

Pro Football Talk — 8

Sports Illustrated — 6

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