Saturday, October 24, 2020

Los Angeles Rams Week 7 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: 11.8 (12th)
  • Best ranking: 9th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 20th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the Rams in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 9

Late in the third quarter, it looked like the Rams were well-positioned for a comeback win against the 49ers. But Cooper Kupp dropped a pass in the end zone, and then Jared Goff threw an interception. The pair failed to connect time and again during Sunday night's loss to the 49ers. Goff was 3-for-9 for 11 yards when targeting Kupp, who averaged 0.3 yards per route run, which is the third-worst mark of his career. And the defense gave up 24 first downs. The Rams are still a good team, but all four of their wins have come against the NFC East.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

That was a bad loss at San Francisco. So much so, it has some saying their fast start was fraudulent. We will find out this week against the Bears.

USA Today -- Rank: 20

Admittedly, time to take hard look at this team -- which fattened up on NFC East -- and re-evaluate. Aaron Donald can't do it alone up front.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

Most impactful injury: RB Cam Akers

The Rams have mostly avoided serious injuries, with the exception of left guard Joe Noteboom (calf) and safety Jordan Fuller (shoulder), who were placed on injured reserve but are expected to return after being replaced by experienced starters. So the most significant injury was to Akers, who suffered separated rib cartilage in Week 2 and was sidelined for two games. A second-round pick from Florida State, Akers started the first two games and appeared on track to play a large role. Despite returning to health and rushing for 61 yards on nine carries in Week 5, Akers did not have a touch in Week 6. -- Lindsey Thiry -- Rank: 9

Jared Goff and Cooper Kupp have enviable chemistry on the field. That's what made the near misses between the quarterback and wide receiver so jarring in Sunday night's 24-16 loss to the 49ers. Two plays on successive drives in the third quarter stood out: With 9:30 to play in the quarter, Goff was a split-second late on a deep throw to an open Kupp, who got turned around and couldn't make the catch. Then, with 2:39 to play in the third and the Rams inside the San Francisco 10-yard line, Goff rolled to his right and fired a perfect dart that Kupp failed to corral at the pylon. The first missed connection led to a punt, the second set up an interception. Frustrating stuff for two guys who usually make the most of their opportunities together.

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