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NFL power rankings, Week 10: No rest for the weary

Just because the St. Louis Rams were on a bye week doesn't mean they can't slide down the power rankings.

Jamie McDonald

The St. Louis Rams, mercifully, had a week off to rest and reflect on a rough patch. Three games in a row, all with the Rams on the wrong end of the outcome. it culminated with a thumping in England, the likes of which hasn't been seen since William the Conqueror first got the itch to swim the channel with a handful of his Norman buddies.

A week off wasn't enough to erase the bad taste in the mouth of the folks who make the power rankings. Over at SB Nation, the Rams slipped from No. 28 to No. 29.

The Rams new GM is doing these a little differently this year, which is a good thing. Not finishing over .500 in nearly a decade is a bad thing.

It wasn't all the fault of Fisher's team. Other cellar dwellers made their way up the rankings, including the Saints and the Panthers who both managed to win this week.

The Rams stayed the same, No. 25, in the power poll. Over at CBS, the Rams fell from No. 21 to No. 23 this week. This was the comment from Pete Prisco:

Coming off the bye, their second half will be about building for next season. They're playing a lot of young players, so it makes sense.

The Rams probably need to get more of the youngsters in the lineup, something I argued for in making case to deal Steven Jackson. But there are plenty of reps to go around, so long as guys aren't a total liability, e.g. Brian Quick.

Eight more games to play, let's see where the Rams end up in January.