It must be a strange feeling. Getting respect from the national media. But that's exactly what the St. Louis Rams are experiencing in the power rankings this week.
Mentioned in almost all the rankings: QB Sam Bradford. It's hard to deny the impact the rookie has had and just how impressive he has played. However, I'm surprised there's not more talk about the Rams defense. A post yesterday explored the Rams' emerging defensive identity and the causes behind it.
Rankings in the teens?!? Delve in after the jump.
SBNation puts the Rams at #24, up from #28 last week.
Over at Fox Sports, Adam Caplan moves the Rams up 10 spots to #17. Check out what Caplan adds about the Rams:
The Rams are way ahead of where I thought they'd be this season, but it's mostly because Sam Bradford is playing so well. I find it hard to believe there has been a more polished rookie quarterback to come into the league in a long time, but also give his offensive line credit. Offensive line coach Steve Loney is doing a great job. And the defense is vastly improved over last season.
ESPN has the Rams at #21 from #26 the week before.
The experts at NFL.com are all over the board. Joe Theisman comes in with the lowest opinion of the Rams with a #27. Bucky Brooks and Jason LaCanfora put the Rams at #18 and #19, respectively. Here's LaCanfora on his pick:
Sam Bradford gets more impressive every week.