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NFL Power Rankings, Week 7: The Breaking (UPDATED)

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Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Last night was tough. Where does it factor into the league at large? I'm not sure. There's so much parity and instability (see: the Raiders hanging with the Chargers or the Eagles blanking the Giants), that it's hard to really draw from the Rams last night or through the first five overall. The bottom line is we're 1-4 and headed into the depths of the Octet of Pain. It's a long road ahead...

As always, if there's a power ranking you think merits inclusion, let me know and I'll start putting it in.

Average ranking (# of rankings) 27.63 (8)
Average change from last week -0.13
Highest ranking (source) 26th (multiple sources)
Lowest ranking (source) 31st (SB Nation)
Biggest positive change (source) +2 (multiple sources)
Biggest negative change (source) -2 (SB Nation)

week 7 power rankings chart

SB Nation: 31st (29th)

ESPN: 26th (28th)

The Rams were outscored 31-3 after the first quarter Monday. Austin Davis was 14-of-34 with an interception in that span, averaging a paltry 3.9 yards per attempt.

NFL.com: 26th (25th)

Hearing some criticism of Jeff Fisher. It's understandable, considering the undisciplined play, poor route-running and nonsensical penalties here or there. ( Alec Ogletree, anyone?) Look, we don't want to bounce the football on anyone's head here, so we'll simply say the whole team -- not just quarterback Austin Davis -- has to put together two halves of football, not one, like against Dallas, Philadelphia and now San Francisco.

CBS Sports (Prisco): 27th (26th)

So much for that dominant defense. It just hasn't happened for this group. Austin Davis looked like Austin Davis against the 49ers.

CBS Sports (Kirwan): 29th (31st)

Undrafted QB Austin Davis is better than most of the QBs drafted last year and is capable of 300-yard games. What is puzzling is the disappearance of a pass rush that had 53 sacks last season (only one this season), with a defensive line loaded with first-round picks.

Yahoo! Sports: 27th (28th)

Don't know what to tell you. This isn't a well-coached team.

Pro Football Talk: 28th (27th)

The reunited Greatest Show on Turf team may have had a better shot at winning last night than the current Rams.

Fox Sports: 27th (26th)

After jumping out to a big lead on a solid set of scripted offensive plays, the Rams offense completely shut down—especially in the second half. Offense is hardly the issue here. The Rams have gone from a top-five pass-rushing unit to potentially the worst in the league and there’s no real explanation why.