Saturday, December 19, 2020

Los Angeles Rams Week 15 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: 5.8 (6th)
  • Best ranking: 4th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 8th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 15 roundup for the Rams in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 4

They traded their first-round pick to the Jaguars for Jalen Ramsey. A lot of teams make big moves for cornerbacks thinking they're getting true shut-down players only to be disappointed. The Rams actually got one of those guys. Ramsey has been one of the best defensive players in the NFL this season. The Rams crushed the Patriots on Thursday night. If the season ended today, they'd be the NFC West champs and the No. 3 seed. Per TruMedia's model, the Rams have the league's second-best defense behind only the Steelers.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

They got some revenge against the Patriots and lead the NFC West with three games to go. That defense is outstanding.

USA Today -- Rank: 5

Looks like RB Cam Akers has claimed position, his 171 rushing yards in Week 14 more than double his next-best game and most a rookie had ever put on Patriots.

ESPN -- Rank: 6

Sean McVay took a risk when he hired unknown and unproven defensive coordinator Brandon Staley, who served three previous seasons in the NFL as an outside linebackers coach. McVay's bet paid off, as Staley took over a good defense that included Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, maintained a base 3-4 scheme and added several wrinkles to make it great. The Rams rank second in efficiency and takeaways and have allowed an average of 18.9 points per game, which ranks third and has covered for some inconsistencies on offense and special teams. The defense has returned a takeaway for a touchdown in the past three games. -- Lindsey Thiry -- Rank: 6

We already knew the Rams' defense was one of the best in football. Is it good enough to make Los Angeles a favorite in the NFC? Coordinator Brandon Staley's unit authored another dominant performance on Thursday night, piling up six sacks and its third defensive score in as many weeks in a 24-3 rout of the Patriots. Linebacker Kenny Young's 79-yard pick-six swung the game in L.A.'s favor for good, and a Sunday layup against the winless Jets will have the Rams set up well for a titanic Week 16 matchup with the Seahawks. Beat Seattle again, and the Rams could have the NFC West locked up before a snap is played in Week 17.

Previous update: Los Angeles Rams Week 14 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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