Have we hit rock bottom? I hope so. We've certainly hit a bottom with two major power rankings slotting the Rams at #32 (with three more yet to be published).
Can anyone really argue with that? Can anyone say that in a ranking system that is based on recent performance that the Rams haven't been the worst team in the league?
St. Louis has scored the second least points of any team in the NFL (46) and is tied for the second worst in points allowed (113). Put bluntly, we're scoring less than damn near everyone and we're allowing our opponents to score at will.
The bye week gives us some extra time to analyze how we got here and where we're going (and that might or might not be a good thing...). For the national media, however, it's a chance to get out of the spotlight. Bad teams are easy targets for the Chris Bermans, the Woody Paiges of the world who won't see anything but ESPN-edited highlights and never watch a moment of the Rams. I can't blame them, but I certainly won't praise them for it either.
For reference, here's last week's ranking summary.
|Average ranking (# of rankings)||30.44 (9)
|Average change from last week||-1.00
|Highest ranking (source)||28th (Fox Sports)
|Lowest ranking (source)||32nd (multiple sources)|
|Biggest positive change (source)||0 (Sporting News)
|Biggest negative change (source)||-2 (NFL.com)
SB Nation: 29th (28th last week)
What the heck is going on here? The Rams are not this bad. They're not. The defense is ranked 30th, and the offense is ranked 31st. What's the deal?
The rest of the major power rankings after the jump.
ESPN: 32nd (31st)
Bye week is critical on the injury front, but the Rams' problems run deeper.
NFL.com: 32nd (30th)
It's starting to look pretty bleak in St. Louis. The Rams rank below both the Jags and Vikings because they've already allowed 113 points. Offensively, Josh McDaniels and Sam Bradford miss Danny Amendola and his ability to work underneath the secondary, and the running game gave Bradford virtually nothing vs. Washington's front seven. The preseason favorite to win the NFC West is now 0-4, with the Packers, Cowboys and Saints coming up. St. Louis could easily start 0-7.
CBS Sports: 29th (28th)
Hard to believe this team is 0-4. So much for the Rams taking the next big step this season.
Pro Football Talk: 31st (30th)
Well, at least we now have a better understanding of why the Broncos fired Josh McDaniels.
Pro Football Weekly: 29th (28th)
Much-needed bye week coming for Rams, who could go 0-7 or worse.
Fox Sports: 28th (27th)
Sam Bradford can't last the entire season if they don't protect better him better than they did against the Redskins. The Rams can't afford to to throw the ball 43 times too many times . . . if they can't run, they can't win.
Sporting News: 32nd (32nd)
Poor Sam Bradford. He can't catch a break with reliable receivers or healthy running backs. The Josh McDaniels experiment is blowing up early.
National Football Post: 32nd (31st)
Josh McDaniels' offense has been nothing short of a bust after four weeks in St. Louis.
Sports Illustrated: 30th (26th)
I can't get over how different Sam Bradford looks this season compared to his stellar rookie year of 2010, but I understand it. He's getting hammered almost every time he drops back to pass. He's been sacked 18 times in four games (on pace for a staggering 72), but that doesn't even really tell the whole story in regards to the pounding he's taken. Careful, Rams. You don't want this to go the way of the David Carr saga. On top of everything else, I've seen about a dozen drops from Rams pass-catchers so far this season.