Saturday, November 21, 2020

Los Angeles Rams Week 11 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: 9.0 (7th)
  • Best ranking: 7th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 10th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Rams in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 7

It looks like the Rams have found a gem in cornerback Darious Williams. The third-year player originally signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2018 and had started three games prior to 2020. This year, he's demonstrated some of the best ball skills in the NFL. Williams had a pair of interceptions against the Seahawks, giving him four on the year (tied for third most). His 10 passes defended are tied for eighth. The Rams know what they have in guys like Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald. But they need inexpensive players like Williams to play well to have success. He's done that so far. The Rams rank second in overall defense and are 6-3.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

They are now tied for the division lead with Seattle, who they beat Sunday. The Rams now face a tough road trip to Tampa to play the Bucs on Monday night.

USA Today -- Rank: 9

LT Andrew Whitworth has probably been their most valuable player not named Aaron Donald. Losing him certainly won't provide the offensive consistency coach Sean McVay is desperate to find.

ESPN -- Rank: 9

What would they take back: Picking Samuel Sloman to be their kicker

The Rams went into 2020 needing a new kicker after Greg Zuerlein signed with the Cowboys. They held a competition that included CFL kicker Lirim Hajrullahu, former XFL kicker Austin MacGinnis and Sloman, a seventh-round pick. Hajrullahu and MacGinnis appeared to lead the contest most of the way, but the Rams opted to keep Sloman. Fast-forward and Sloman was waived after Week 7 because of inconsistencies and the Rams signed veteran Kai Forbath, who hasn't performed much better. In two games, Forbath has converted 2 of 3 field goal attempts, and he is 4-of-5 on PATs. The Rams must stabilize their kicking situation if they plan to make a playoff run. -- Lindsey Thiry -- Rank: 10

The Rams didn't get a Jared Goff touchdown pass or a single Aaron Donald tackle on Sunday and still took out a division rival. The defense forced Russell Wilson into three turnovers, Leonard Floyd had three sacks, and the three-headed rushing monster of Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson and Cam Akers accounted for 99 yards and three scores in a 23-16 win over the Seahawks. Two stars stood out in the secondary: Darious Williams intercepted Wilson twice, including a huge end-zone pick minutes after a Goff turnover. On the other side was All-Pro Jalen Ramsey, who all but erased DK Metcalf. Seattle's stud receiver didn't even see his first target of the game until the final minute of the third quarter and finished with just two catches for 28 yards. It was a Sunday to build upon.

Previous update: Los Angeles Rams Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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