NFL power rankings, Week 2: Rams climbing

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Nothing like a win to satisfy the fickle people who make the rankings.

The weekly power rankings are starting to trickle out. It's probably taking the NFL world a little extra time this week as they figure out just what in the heck they saw Monday night from the Eagles. What they saw from the St. Louis Rams was a winner, and it showed up in the completely arbitrary, totally meaningless standings.

Over at SB Nation, the Rams moved up from 19 to 18. I wanted to move them higher, but I had a hard time discerning what was pure homerism and what was being legitimately impressed with the fourth-quarter comeback. I want to see more.

Good thing someone on the St. Louis sideline decided covering Larry Fitzgerald a cushy zone was a bad idea. Carson Palmer and Fitzgerald took advantage of the Rams' celebrated defense for 80 yards and a touchdown, and it almost cost St. Louis its NFC Cinderella status.

CBS Sports has its power rankings out Tuesday morning as well. Pat Kirwan put the Rams at No. 18 too.

The Rams had their hands full with the Cardinals. I like the pass rush, but I'm not so sure RB Daryl Richardson will deliver all that Steven Jackson did. Good news for Sam Bradford: Better pass protection and two new receivers, Tavon Austin and TE Jared Cook.

Again, power rankings mean nothing. Only the standings matter, and, right now, the Rams are in a three-way tie for first in the NFC West.

Speaking of the NFC West, the 49ers were on top of the SBN rankings, and they're No. 2 at CBS. The Seahawks rank third in both.

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