Friday, December 4, 2020

Los Angeles Rams Week 13 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: 8.4 (8th)
  • Best ranking: 7th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 10th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 13 roundup for the Rams in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 7

Exceeding expectations: I did not see this type of rebound year coming for Sean McVay. The Rams did little to upgrade their offensive personnel in the offseason and banked on in-house improvement with their offensive line. They've gone from 16th to seventh in offensive efficiency. Defensively, McVay made the bold move to replace Wade Phillips with Brandon Staley, and the Rams' defense ranks sixth in DVOA. It's fair to question whether they can trust Jared Goff in a big spot, but McVay has done his job in maximizing the talent at his disposal.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

That was a bad letdown loss to the 49ers at home. Now they have to regroup on the road against Arizona.

USA Today -- Rank: 7

They've been swept by San Francisco the past two seasons but are a collective 11-1 in their last 12 combined against Arizona and Seattle.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

Most important game remaining: Week 13 at Arizona

From top to bottom, the NFC West is the most competitive division in the league, which means the Rams' next division game is their most important. Despite dropping the season series to the 49ers, the Rams remain in a three-team race with the Cardinals and Seahawks to win the division. Taking care of their game Sunday against the Cardinals is critical to staying in the hunt, especially with a trip to Seattle in Week 16. The Rams are 6-0 against Arizona under Sean McVay. -- Lindsey Thiry -- Rank: 8

"Our quarterback has to take better care of the football." That was the terse public statement by Sean McVay after the Rams stumbled their way to a 23-20 loss to the injury-riddled 49ers. Los Angeles had four turnovers in the game, and Jared Goff was responsible for three -- including a fumble in Niners territory and a pick-six in the first minute out of halftime. Goff has thrown 10 interceptions and lost four fumbles, tied for the second-highest number of giveaways in the league. The Rams invested their future in Goff when they handed him a healthy contract extension last fall, but you wonder if the team is experiencing some buyer's remorse 15 months later.

Previous update: Los Angeles Rams Week 12 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

More Los Angeles Rams pages:

More of our content: