Sunday, September 20, 2020

Los Angeles Rams Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Los Angeles Rams rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 11.6 (11th)
  • Best ranking: 10th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 14th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Rams in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 12

What we learned: Sean McVay put Jared Goff in position to succeed. The Rams offense focused on a short, quick passing game. Goffs average pass traveled just 4.3 yards from the line of scrimmage -- the shortest distance for any Week 1 starter. Goff found a nice rhythm, completing 20 of 31 passes and averaging 8.9 YPA. Offensive line issues were a big reason why the Rams didnt make the playoffs last season. But Goff took just one sack and was hit three times on 32 pass plays versus Dallas. It was an encouraging start on both sides of the ball for the Rams.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

The best thing from their opening victory over the Cowboys had to be the defense. Limiting the Cowboys to 17 points was solid. Jared Goff got off to a good start as well.

USA Today -- Rank: 14

DL Aaron Donald recorded a sack Sunday, something he'd done in Week 1 only one other time ... way back in 2015, when he was a St. Louis Ram.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

Best rookie debut: S Jordan Fuller
A sixth-round pick from Ohio State, Fuller started and made the play of the game early in the fourth quarter when the Cowboys attempted to convert on fourth-and-3 at the Rams' 11-yard line. Fuller tackled CeeDee Lamb a yard short of the first down to preserve a 20-17 lead. "That was huge," Aaron Donald said. "He is a young guy that stepped up for us." After starting at safety in lieu of second-year pro Taylor Rapp, Fuller finished with eight tackles. Sean McVay said Fuller's performance in training camp earned him the spot. "He's mature beyond his years," McVay said. -- Lindsey Thiry -- Rank: 10

The Rams flew under the radar for much of the offseason, but that's changing after an extremely impressive performance against the Cowboys on a national stage. New coordinator Brandon Staley's defense never let Dak Prescott get comfortable (Aaron Donald was especially dominant in his SoFi Stadium debut), and Sean McVay gave his offense a different look in the first game of the post-Gurley era. Jared Goff kept the Dallas defense off balance with short throws and a quickened pace, completing passes to eight different targets while averaging nearly 9 yards per attempt. Malcolm Brown was the rushing star, with 79 yards and a pair of scores from close range. The Rams are back.

Previous update: Los Angeles Rams Week 1 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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