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NFL Power Rankings, Week 5: The Abandoning

Did the Rams jump up in the power rankings with a week off?

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Time how much of a bump not playing gives you versus not winning.

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) 28.00 (8)
Average change from last week -0.38
Highest ranking (source) 25th (Prisco)
Lowest ranking (source) 30th (multiple sources)
Biggest positive change (source) +1 (
Biggest negative change (source) -2 (ESPN)


SB Nation: 29th (29th)

ESPN: 30th (28th)

The Rams had to wince at the 49ers beating the Eagles. No chance of catching Philadelphia by surprise now after a tough loss to a conference opponent. 28th (29th)

So Shaun Hill is anticipated to start against Philadelphia? Super. Too bad this team can ill afford an awful start. After the Eagles, St. Louis gets the 49ers and Seahawks. Then comes a three-game road trip to Kansas City, San Francisco and Arizona. It gets harder after that ... Ah, heck, this is depressing. Hoping Jeff Fisher's club gets it together.

CBS Sports (Prisco): 25th (24th)

A season that appeared to be so bright in camp is quickly turning ugly. Can they bounce back?

CBS Sports (Kirwan): 30th (29th)

The Rams were on a bye last week and they need to be ready for their next eight games against the Eagles, 49ers, Seahawks, Chiefs, 49ers, Cardinals, Broncos and Chargers -- who have a combined record of 17-6.

Yahoo! Sports: 27th (27th)

Listen to this upcoming stretch: at Philadelphia, vs. San Francisco, vs. Seattle, at Kansas City, at San Francisco, at Arizona, vs. Denver, at San Diego. Oh, boy.

Pro Football Talk: 27th (27th)

Take a look at the next eight games on the schedule. The wheels are about to come off.

Fox Sports: 28th (28th)

After finishing with 56 sacks through 16 games last season, the Rams have only accumulated three sacks through their first three. With a leaky run defense and questionable at best quarterback situation, the Rams will need to remain dominant in the trenches and control the clock through the running game if they want to win games.