Saturday, January 1, 2022

Los Angeles Rams Week 17 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: 4.6 (5th)
  • Best ranking: 3 (
  • Worst ranking: 6 (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Rams in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Non-QB MVP: WR Cooper Kupp

The annual Aaron Donald award this season goes to Kupp, who is making a case to be the NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Earning his first Pro Bowl selection in five seasons, Kupp is on pace for the NFL's "triple crown," as he leads the league in catches (132), receiving yards (1,734) and receiving touchdowns (14). If Kupp gets it, he will become only the fourth player in NFL history to do so, joining Steve Smith Sr., Sterling Sharpe and Jerry Rice. Kupp also is setting a new standard with more than 90 receiving yards in 11 consecutive games. With the additional 17th game, Kupp is on pace to tie the single-season receptions record and break the single-season receiving yards mark. -- Lindsey Thiry -- Rank: 3

Matthew Stafford struggled against the Vikings on Sunday, but his teammates were there to pick up their veteran quarterback in an important 30-23 win. Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey powered the defense, Sony Michel paced an effective running game, Brandon Powell had a massive special teams score and Cooper Kupp once again made the big play when it mattered most, this time logging a 37-yard reception on third down that set up the clinching field goal in the fourth quarter. In losses earlier this season, Los Angeles tanked when Stafford struggled. On Sunday, the Rams showed they can thrive without good QB play -- and they're on the verge of winning the NFC West because of it.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 4

Even without Matthew Stafford playing well, they were able to beat the Vikings on the road. That's the sign of a good team.

USA Today -- Rank: 6

Nice (not so nice?) Griddy tribute from Odell Beckham Jr. in Minneapolis after losing his receiving record to Justin Jefferson. LA's also proving gritty in backfield, Sony Michel and perhaps convalesced Cam Akers taking baton from injured Darrell Henderson.

The Athletic -- Rank: 5

Is he The Guy? Yes. Matthew Stafford has not been perfect -- and he's still making too many of those "oh, no, what are you doing" type of mistakes (especially notable after a three-interception day against Minnesota). Still, he's a clear upgrade for the Rams. Now they need to hope they'll get Good Stafford when the playoffs start.

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