Big win, big jump in the power rankings. How close are the Rams to getting out of the 20s?
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)||23.00 (8)|
|Average change from last week||+3.13
|Highest ranking (source)||20th (SB Nation)|
|Lowest ranking (source)||26th (Kirwan)|
|Biggest positive change (source)||+7 (SB Nation)|
|Biggest negative change (source)||0 (Kirwan)|
The 49ers continue to struggle on offense, and lost a tough game to the Rams at home thanks to a couple of highly questionable calls in the final minute of the game. San Francisco's missed some of their key defenders all season, but the offensive line was a major culprit for the Niners this week as St. Louis sacked Colin Kaepernick eight times. Greg Roman will have to make some adjustments this week to fix that glaring issue...
...The bottom 11 teams in our rankings either had a bye or lost. The Rams leapfrog from 27 to 20 this week by dispatching the 49ers, and even though it was a very controversial ending, they played that San Francisco offense very tough and gave themselves a chance to win.
St. Louis scored its first win in San Francisco since 2007, and held the 49ers to 10 points. The Rams sacked Colin Kaepernick a career-high eight times.
The Rams did nothing offensively on Sunday; fortunately, the defense stepped up and won the day. The most interesting note to come out of Week 9: The Rams' 193 yards of total offense represented the lowest total of any winning team in 2014. #funfacts
Where has that defensive effort they showed in San Francisco been all season? They had eight sacks after getting just six in the first seven games.
The Rams pulled out a thriller over the 49ers with a goal line stand last week but the real story is the Rams' pass rush which generated eight sacks. In the last three weeks, the Rams generated 13 sacks after having just one sack in the previous five games.
It's not often you see a rookie play well, and get totally buried the next year just because the team drafted someone better. That's what has happened with Zac Stacy. Tre Mason is just a better back.
If the Rams played as well against the rest of the league as they do against the 49ers and Seahawks, they’d be in playoff contention.
Head coach Jeff Fisher is making a case to keep his job by winning key ball games despite losing his starting quarterback before the season. Credit the pass rush which has come alive in recent weeks -- they racked up eight sacks against the 49ers.