Saturday, December 26, 2020

Los Angeles Rams Week 16 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: 10.8 (12th)
  • Best ranking: 5th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 13th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 16 roundup for the Rams in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 5

Wish: A setup that allows Jared Goff to have success. The Rams lost as 17.5-point favorites to the Jets in Week 15 and their offensive line got pushed around all afternoon. We know by now that Goff is unlikely to put the offense on his shoulders and needs the right circumstances to succeed. If he doesn't get those circumstances, he's going to struggle. Goff now ranks 22nd in QBR and the Rams are 20th in EPA per play. They have a lot of pieces in place to contend for a Super Bowl. But they also have little margin for error on offense. If McVay and the offensive line don't do a better job of positioning Goff for success, the Rams could be looking at a quick playoff exit.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 13

What happened against the Jets? That's inexcusable. They have to regroup in a big way this week in a tough road game at Seattle.

USA Today -- Rank: 13

At least they won't see an AFC East team again unless they meet one in Super Bowl LV. Brutal loss to Jets left Los Angeles 1-3 in non-conference games.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

Most underrated star: S John Johnson III

On a top-ranked defense that includes star defensive tackle Aaron Donald and cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Johnson doesn't garner much attention. However, as the defensive signal-caller, the fourth-year pro has been critical to the unit's success. He has played 100% of the snaps, and he has a team-high 95 tackles and seven pass breakups. "When you have those safeties that have that high football capacity and great command over everything that's going on, it's not the norm," coach Sean McVay said of Johnson's signal-calling duties. "But John Johnson is kind of an outlier in terms of his versatility as a player." -- Lindsey Thiry -- Rank: 10

What? How? Huh? The Rams welcomed the 0-13 Jets into their shiny new building on Sunday and somehow found a way to get beat by the worst team in football. The Rams dug themselves a double-digit hole, then watched their comeback attempt get short-circuited by miscues and penalties in the biggest upset of the NFL season. "This loss will demoralize us only as much as we allow it to," Sean McVay said after the game. "It's gonna be embarrassing, sick to your stomach about it ... But very humbling." It's a hideous setback for an inconsistent team, but there is a clear path to recovery. Beat the Seahawks and Cardinals in the final two weeks, and the Rams are NFC West champions. Bury the ball and move on.

Previous update: Los Angeles Rams Week 15 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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