NFL Power Rankings Week 16 - Bengal Bungling

St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo speaks to side judge Joe Larrew in the second half of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Dec. 18. They talked about lampshades.

Well, there's only two games left for the Rams' 2011 season. Given that those two games are against the Steelers and 49ers, I'd put my money on the Rams finishing the year with a 2-14 record, a litany of excuses and broken expectations, and a hell of a lot of injuries that need to mend.

As the Rams tumbled down the power rankings, there has been a growing sentiment that lacks disillusionment among the analysis class of NFL media. And unlike many other teams in the bottom third of the league (pretty much your 5-win teams and worse), there's not much optimism for the Rams simply because there's no certainty about this team going into the offseason.

So chug these power rankings down. There's only two more weeks to remind you how much we've cratered.

Average ranking (# of rankings) 31.11 (9)
Average change from last week -0.11
Highest ranking (source) 31st (everybody but SI)
Lowest ranking (source) 32nd (Bishop Don Banks Magic Juan)
Biggest positive change (source) 0 (0 is a positive number for the Rams)
Biggest negative change (source) -1 (Crooked letter I dot com)

SB Nation: 31st (31st last week)

Sounds like they'll be cleaning house in St. Louis after this season and I can't blame them. The Rams were supposed to take the next step this year.

The rest of the major power rankings after the jump.

ESPN: 31st (31st)

Kellen Clemens posted the Rams' highest single-game NFL passer rating of the season Sunday. 31st (31st)

The name Josh McDaniels is one that I continue to hear come up as a potential candidate for one of the coaching vacancies around the league, such as Kansas City. What has McDaniels done that would lead an owner to believe he should be the front man for a franchise? The Rams offense is ranked 30th in the NFL. At least he's improved Sam Bradford's game. Except not at all.

CBS Sports: 31st (31st)

They've been so bad the past month, I had to move them down below the Colts. It would be hard to imagine Steve Spagnuolo coming back.

Pro Football Talk: 31st (31st)

Come January 2, the owner will temporarily be known as Stan Cranky.

Pro Football Weekly: 31st (31st)

Could get a nice haul if they sell their first-round pick to the top bidder.

Fox Sports: 31st (31st)

They hung with the Bengals longer than I thought, but this just isn't a very talented team.

National Football Post: 31st (31st)

Remember when the Rams almost won the NFC West in 2010?

Sports Illustrated: 32nd (31st)

The Rams need to score at least 34 points in their last two games (at Pittsburgh and home against San Francisco) to avoid becoming just the 15th team with fewer than 200 points since the 16-game schedule was adopted in 1978. Steelers and 49ers, huh? I don't like their chances.

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