Saturday, October 21, 2023

Los Angeles Rams Week 7 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the Los Angeles Rams in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 18

Lesson learned: Cooper Kupp is still the same star receiver despite injuries.

Kupp has been back for two games after missing the final eight of the 2022 season with an ankle injury and the first four of the 2023 season with a hamstring injury. In those two games, he has a combined 15 catches for 266 yards and one touchdown and has left no doubt he is still one of the best receivers in the NFL. Kupp has now had 18 games in the past three seasons with at least 100 receiving yards, trailing only the Minnesota Vikings' Justin Jefferson in that span. -- Sarah Barshop -- Rank: 17

The Rams called three run plays and dropped back 17 times in the first half on Sunday against Arizona. On the opening drive of the second half, Sean McVay flipped the script on its head -- he opened with eight straight called runs, with Kyren Williams and Ronnie Rivers sharing the load. The day belonged to Williams (who finished with a career-high 158 yards) and Cooper Kupp, who amassed most of his 148 receiving yards early on. That kind of night-and-day approach to the game plan might not work against every opponent, and the Rams haven't been able to play a lot of complete games offensively this season. There's plenty to clean up from this one, such as the third-down offense (they went 4-for-11 in conversions and took two of their three sacks on the money down), with a tough Steelers defense on tap in Week 7. And unfortunately, Williams and Rivers both left Sunday's win with injuries.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

At 3-3, Sean McVay is doing a heck of a job with this team. The Rams have also been in every game they lost against three good teams.

USA Today -- Rank: 13

WR Puka Nacua's production has unsurprisingly downshifted with the return of Cooper Kupp, but he's still carved out a nice piece of historical real estate. The rookie's 50 catches for 598 yards are both records in the Super Bowl era for a player through six career games.

The Athletic -- Rank: 16

The Rams have a couple of division wins, but their losses might be just as telling. Los Angeles has been beaten by San Francisco, Cincinnati and Philadelphia and has been competitive in all those games. Running back Kyren Williams has topped 100 rushing yards in two of the past three weeks. Wide receiver Cooper Kupp has topped 100 yards receiving in both games since his return from a hamstring injury.

FOX -- Rank: 16

I'm a big, big fan of Kyren Williams — 314 yards and three touchdowns in the last three weeks. It's a bummer to hear he might miss time due to injury. I was somewhat surprised the Rams were favored by seven points against Arizona, but they looked every bit like a big favorite in an easy win.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 17

Here's the argument against Cooper Kupp as a Hall of Fame candidate: He has just two 1,000-yard seasons and he's already 30 years old. Here's the argument for Kupp getting some consideration for the Hall of Fame: just watch him play. Only a few receivers in NFL history can get open practically whenever they want like Kupp can.

PFT -- Rank: 19

If they sneak into the playoffs, none of the elite teams will want to cross paths with them.

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