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NFL Power Rankings, Week 8: The Revivifying

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The Rams picked up their second win of the 2014 season over the division rival Seahawks. How do the major power rankings adjust the Rams' ranking in light of the victory?

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

With the Rams' second win in the books, let's see how they fare in this week's power rankings..

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) 23.88 (8)
Average change from last week +3.75
Highest ranking (source) 23rd (multiple sources)
Lowest ranking (source) 26th (Kirwan)
Biggest positive change (source) +7 (SB Nation)
Biggest negative change (source) +2 (multiple sources)

week 8 power rankings chart

SB Nation: 24th (31st)

ESPN: 24th (26th)

QB Austin Davis posted the highest completion percentage against a defending Super Bowl champion in a win over the Seahawks. Robert Quinn recorded his first sack of the season, helping the Rams quadruple their season sack total (four). 24th (26th)

Rams punter Johnny Hekker is on pace to finish the season with a 118.8 passer rating -- meaning the Texans' front office has likely already inquired about him. Put aside, for a moment, the gamesmanship and strategic brilliance of the fake-setup, field-the-ball-on-the-other-side trick -- how fun was it to watch? You really couldn't understand the creativity of Stedman Bailey's touchdown return without seeing it from multiple angles. And while we're at it, we should note that the second-year pro made one heck of an over-the-shoulder grab to snare the punt. Too bad Bailey can't do that on balls thrown by his quarterback.

CBS Sports (Prisco): 23rd (27th)

They found a way against Seattle, even if they got out-gained. They appear to have found a back in Tre Mason.

CBS Sports (Kirwan): 26th (29th)

A big win over Seattle was just what the doctor ordered for the Rams and the pass rush came alive. Jeff Fisher pulled out all the tricks to get the job done and it was fun to watch.

Yahoo! Sports: 23rd (27th)

I can't say this enough: Calling a fake punt on your own 18-yard line to ice a win over the defending champs is an all-time great call. It was a gamble but not reckless, because it's pretty clear the Rams knew based on Seattle's punt return scheme that they'd have that pass wide open.

Pro Football Talk: 24th (28th)

All those empty seats at the Edward Jones Dome will have a great story to tell their grandkids about the day the Rams beat the defending champs.

Fox Sports: 23rd (27th)

Jeff Fisher pulled out all of the stops to beat the defending Super Bowl champions. The highlights were the incredibly designed punt-return touchdown and the gutsy decision to try a fake punt late in the fourth quarter. It didn’t take long for Tre Mason to run away with the role in Fisher’s hot-hand approach at running back.