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Week 8 power rankings - wheeeeeeee!

  There go the Rams whooshing down the slide. Whoopee! Isn't this fun?

For reference, here's last week's ranking summary.

Average ranking (# of rankings) 30.78 (9)
Average change from last week -0.00
Highest ranking (source) 30th (multiple sources)
Lowest ranking (source) 32nd (multiple sources)
Biggest positive change (source) +1 (ESPN)
Biggest negative change (source) -1 (Fox Sports)

SB Nation: 30th (30th last week)

Worst defense in the NFL and second to worst offense in the NFL. Most disappointing team in the league this year (outside Philly)?

The rest of the major power rankings after the jump.

ESPN: 30th (31st) - What in the Sam Bradford hell is ESPN doing moving us up? This is the most incomprehensible business move they've made since hiring Rick Reilly or not firing Craig James (Craig James, 5 hookers, blah blah blah), whichever came first.

Steve Spagnuolo's inability to hold the defense together could cost him in his final assessment. 32nd (32nd)

I spoke with Brandon Lloyd over the summer, and he seemed genuinely enthusiastic about the prospects of this season as well as his career revival. Now with the Rams, he looked genuinely frustrated Sunday as he and reserve quarterback A.J. Feeley were consistently not on the same page. Here's the amazing part: Feeley looked to Lloyd 12 times, twice as much as any other wideout, despite the fact that Lloyd had been with the team all of five days. I still like the acquisition for the Rams.

CBS Sports: 30th (30th) - There is no way Steve Spagnuolo should be in trouble? Somebody took this a bit too literally...

This has been a surprisingly tough year, but there is no way Steve Spagnuolo should be in trouble. Injuries have killed this team.

Pro Football Talk: 31st (31st)

If the Rams didn’t play in the NFC West, they possibly wouldn’t win a single game all year.

Pro Football Weekly: 30th (30th)

Simply don't catch a break with Saints next on the schedule.

Fox Sports: 31st (30th) - Suggesting that Spags' credentials will begin to be called into question suggests that you haven't seen a single Rams game all year.

Giving up 253 yards rushing to a rookie who has done nothing up to this point will bring into serious question what the Rams are doing. Steve Spagnuolo's credentials will likely begin to be called into question, given his experience on the defensive side of the ball. In fairness, he has been dealt a bad hand with lack of talent, injury and schedule.

National Football Post: 32nd (32nd)

How do you grade out a team that isn't improving?

Sports Illustrated: 31st (31st)

The Rams just helped put DeMarco Murray into Cowboys folklore, allowing the Dallas rookie running back to shred them for 253 yards on 25 carries. St. Louis was already ranked last against the rush coming into Week 7, so D'Marco Farr might have been able to gouge them for at least triple digits. The Rams gave up 294 rushing yards overall against Dallas, the second-most any NFL team had allowed in two years. And to think that this St. Louis team was playing for a division title and a home playoff game on Jan. 2 of this year.