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NFL Power Rankings, Week 12: The Immaculating

The Rams played their best football of 2014. How would the world respond?

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

As it has been for the last few weeks, the Rams are teetering on breaking into the high teens. Let's see if it happens this week...

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) 20.50 (8)
Average change from last week +2.50
Highest ranking (source) 18th (SB Nation)
Lowest ranking (source) 23rd (Pro Football Talk)
Biggest positive change (source) +7 (Kirwan)
Biggest negative change (source) -2 (Pro Football Talk...wut)

week 12 power rankings chart

SB Nation: 18th (20th)

In perhaps one of the more shocking upsets this week, the Rams knocked off the Broncos in fairly dominating fashion at home (by the way, the Rams have now beaten both of Super Bowl XLVIII's two teams this season). Denver has lost two of its last three games, and its second-half drive chart in St. Louis has to be a little disconcerting. The Broncos' possessions ended as such, in order: punt, punt, interception, turnover on downs, interception, turnover on downs, end of game.

ESPN: 22nd (25th)

There's plenty to be impressed by from Sunday. Tre Mason's 113 rushing yards are most by a Ram this year, while Kenny Britt posted his first 100-yard game since 2012. 20th (24th)

Last Wednesday night, I asked the Twitterverse if anyone thought St. Louis could upend the Broncos. Not a single person said they thought it would happen. #Fail -- but in a good way.

A big part of the most significant win of Week 11 has to do with a football oddity the 2014 Rams recently discovered -- I believe it's known in some circles as a "pass rush." Word is, it takes place when one of your guys tackles or hurries the other guys' quarterback, sometimes with the ball still in his hand.

CBS Sports (Prisco): 22nd (25th)

They will be a team nobody wants to play the rest of the way. The defensive front is getting after it.

CBS Sports (Kirwan): 19th (26th)

The pass rush came alive a month ago and Shaun Hill has helped the offense. When a team like the Rams beats Seattle, San Francisco and Denver in the space of a month, it's time to take notice. Finishing 8-8 is realistic.

Yahoo! Sports: 20th (22nd)

They should be in so much better shape than 4-6.

Pro Football Talk: 23rd (21st)

The Rams would be a dangerous team in the playoffs, if they could ever get there.

Fox Sports: 20th (21st)

The defense dominated arguably the league’s best offense by completely shutting down Denver's running game, generating consistent pressure in the passing game and holding up well in coverage.