Sigh. Ok, let's do this.
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)||21.13 (8)|
|Average change from last week||-0.63
|Highest ranking (source)||19th (multiple sources)|
|Lowest ranking (source)||24th (Prisco)|
|Biggest positive change (source)||0 (multiple sources)|
|Biggest negative change (source)||-2 (Prisco)|
The Rams just gave away Sunday's game. They allowed a league-high seventh defensive touchdown, and Shaun Hill threw a late interception from the Chargers' 4-yard line down by three points.
Bless Shaun Hill's heart -- he never saw Marcus Gilchrist hovering near the goal line. If I were a Rams fan, I would have been nothing short of pissed about that call on Tavon Austin's punt return. Obviously, St. Louis got it back deep in Chargers' territory anyway, but what a huge turn of events during that sequence. There's not a fan or analyst around whom the Rams haven't surprised in the past month.
Like they've done in the past, they are competing until the end of the season. That's a good sign, but at some point when is it not enough?
The Rams are halfway to being a good team with that defense but until they fix their QB situation they will struggle to have a winning record. Shaun Hill is not the long-term answer and three urnovers against the Chargers is too much to overcome. Sam Bradford is another issue they will have to come to grips with in the offseason.
What about this for a great full-circle scenario: The Rams send a late-round pick to Washington for Robert Griffin III.
They’d be a playoff team if they only played playoff teams.
The Shaun Hill experiment has given us some big plays but also some costly mistakes. The emergence of rookie Aaron Donald as a dominant defensive tackle has invigorated the pass rush, but when they don’t get there the secondary gets burned way too often.
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