Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Los Angeles Rams Week 6 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: 7.0 (7th)
  • Best ranking: 3rd (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 10th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Rams in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 7

Jared Goff's botched spike might have been my favorite moment of Week 5. The Rams hit Washington with an avalanche of explosive plays and improved to 4-0 against the NFC East this season. Aaron Donald had four sacks and a performance that was so dominant you just felt bad for the Washington offensive linemen -- if he had that game in Pop Warner, the coaches would have pulled him at halftime and made him play up a level or two. Donald has been great for a long time, but we might be seeing him at the peak of his powers right now. The Rams have a big one Sunday night at San Francisco.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

They have dominated the NFC East to get to 4-1 to open the season. Sean McVay has this team playing well, and they are the class of the NFC West.

USA Today -- Rank: 3

As well as QB Jared Goff and DL Aaron Donald are once again playing, a big reason Los Angeles is winning again is the underappreciated resurgence of its offensive line.

ESPN -- Rank: 7

Biggest weakness: Kicking

The Rams are hitting their stride on offense and defense, but kicking remains a concern because of inexperience. The Rams selected Samuel Sloman with a seventh-round pick from Miami (Ohio) and stuck with him through a three-kicker competition during training camp. Sloman has connected on 75% of his field goal attempts (6-of-8), which ranks 28th in the NFL. However, it's fair to question why Sean McVay had the rookie attempt a 53-yard kick in windy conditions in Week 3 at Buffalo (all of Sloman's other attempts are from inside the 40-yard line). Sloman is 14-of-16 on extra point attempts (87.5%), which also ranks 28th in the league. -- Lindsey Thiry -- Rank: 8

After an ugly win over the Giants in Week 4, the Rams were back to looking like a balanced, high-functioning unit in a 30-10 win over Washington. Jared Goff started the game 13 of 14 for 194 yards and two total TDs (one rushing), and the incomparable Aaron Donald had a monster day, finishing with four sacks, three tackles for loss and a forced fumble. The DT leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks and is on pace for 24 this season. (Make the Sack Record Great Again!) Donald led a stifling Rams defense that allowed just 108 total yards, the fewest they've given up since holding Archie Manning and the Saints to 96 in a Week 12 conquest in 1980. If only the Rams could play an NFC East team every week -- L.A. swept the division before the arrival of sweater weather.

Previous update: Los Angeles Rams Week 5 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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