Friday, November 26, 2021

Los Angeles Rams Week 12 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 5.4 (4th)
  • Best ranking: 2 (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 9 (

Below you will find a Week 12 roundup for the Rams in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 4

Most memorable Thanksgiving game: Shutting out the Lions 20-0 on Nov. 27, 1975

The Rams have played only four games on Thanksgiving, three against the Lions and one against the Cowboys, and their last Turkey Day appearance was in 1975. Maybe the most exciting game was a 28-21 loss to the Cowboys in 1971, when the teams entered the fourth quarter tied, but that ended in a loss for L.A., something to hardly be grateful for. So we're going with the 1975 shutout over the Lions played at the Pontiac Silverdome. Quarterback James Harris thew for 157 yards and completed three touchdown passes, while safeties Dave Elmendorf and Bill Simpson each intercepted passes from Lions quarterback Joe Reed. -- Lindsey Thiry -- Rank: 9

If the Rams are the type of team that gains motivation from the doubts of others, well, last week's bye might have been a very productive week. Los Angeles was bullied by more physical teams in blowout losses to the Titans and 49ers, framing a narrative that the Rams might not have the necessary toughness to become champions. This all feels like overcooked nonsense, but Sean McVay's team needs to go out and show it won't be pushed around. Meanwhile, Odell Beckham Jr.'s presence went from luxury to necessity after the season-ending injury to Robert Woods. Beckham hasn't performed like a star in years -- Los Angeles is now in the uncomfortable position of needing the mercurial wide receiver to successfully crank back the clock.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

They move up on their bye week because so many teams lost around them. They face a tough one against the Packers this week.

USA Today -- Rank: 8

QB Matthew Stafford heads back to Lambeau Field, where he's 3-7 all time ... though he has split his last six in Wisconsin.

The Athletic -- Rank: 4

Best side dish: There are a number of directions you could go for the best side dish on this star-studded roster (including Aaron Donald, the best defensive player on the planet), but we're going with the NFL's leading receiver, Cooper Kupp. In an offensive league, Kupp's importance to the Rams is huge, especially after Robert Woods' season-ending injury. Kupp has recorded at least 90 receiving yards in all but one game and has been a great fit with Matthew Stafford.

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