Rams Power Rankings: Week 8

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The Rams will return home to Los Angeles for their bye week in Week 8 after taking to the road for the past two games. The team travelled to Jacksonville and defeated the Jaguars before heading to London to shutout the Cardinals. Los Angeles will take the field next in Week 9 against the Giants.

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:

Last Week: 3

Change: +1

" Impressive showing from the Rams overseas, fueled by a calm Jared Goff, consistent performance from the biggest star on offense (Todd Gurley) and more improvement from Wade Phillips' defense. The latter shut down the Cardinals, even when Goff's biggest mistake provided Arizona with excellent field position late in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Gurley continues to churn out yards and touchdowns -- 920 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns in seven games this season. Not bad."


Last Week: 9

Change: +2

"How do the Rams, who currently lead the NFC West and have the best point differential (plus-74) in the NFL, have a less than 22 percent chance of winning the division? In Los Angeles, it's all about who you know ... er, who you've beaten, and the Rams didn't beat the Seahawks. That puts L.A. in the back seat until it can beat Seattle or create more separation."


Last Week: 9

Change: +3

"The Cardinals have their issues and losing Carson Palmer during Sunday's game didn't help. But the Rams defense was really good in shutting out Arizona on Sunday. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is one of the best, and it makes sense if the Rams are starting to show signs of a big improvement on that side of the ball. (Yes, I'm surprised I have the Rams this high too, but who behind them clearly deserves to be here?"


Last Week: 6

Change: +1

"It might be time to take the Rams seriously as a contender right here, right now, this season. That's way ahead of schedule. It would be enough for Coach Sean McVay merely to have things headed in the right direction with QB Jared Goff and the rest of the team. But with no superpowers or complete teams in the NFC, maybe McVay can accomplish even more in Year 1."


Last Week: 8

Change: +1

Last Week: 9

Change: +2

Last Week: 10

Change: +4

Last Week: 10

Change: +3

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