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NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Rams Slide Up Power Rankings On Bye Week Cushion

Not losing always helps.

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Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

How will the power rankings react to the Rams practically perfect performance in Week 6? Nick Foles didn't throw a single incompletion. No drops from Jared Cook. The offensive line didn't give up a single QB pressure all day, let alone a sack. And that vaunted Rams defense? DIDN'T GIVE UP A SINGLE POINT.

Average ranking (# of rankings) 15.00 (9)
Average change from last week +0..63
Highest ranking (source) 11th (multiple sources)
Lowest ranking (source) 20th (PFF)
Biggest positive change (source) +4 (FOX Sports)
Biggest negative change (source) -5 (PFF)

SB Nation: 15th (16th)

ESPN: 18th (17th)

Todd Gurley has rushed for 305 yards in his first two starts, and in Week 7 he faces a Browns defense that has allowed the most rushing yards this season. 15th (15th)

Bye week for the Rams, whose 2-3 season qualifies as Rams-esque at this point. Todd Gurley is certainly a welcome addition, though; the rookie put up 146 yards and 159 yards in his first two career starts, which far exceeds the first two career starts of two Rams luminaries, Jerome Bettis (33 and 85 yards) and Eric Dickerson (91 and 88 yards). Of course, Dickerson's debut came in Week 1, and the big kid from SMU finished with 1,808 yards -- a total that Gurley is not likely to approach, given that he didn't get going until Week 4. Still, we're comparing Gurley to Hall of Famers for a reason.

CBS Sports (Prisco): 18th (18th)

As they headed to the bye, there was some talk of sitting down quarterback Nick Foles. It's too early for that. Who should play?

CBS Sports (Kirwan): 12th (12th)

Week 6 losses by the Cardinals and the Seahawks put the Rams squarely in the middle of the NFC West race.

Yahoo! Sports: 15th (15th)

I'm not going to lie, I was kind of disappointed it was a Todd Gurley-less weekend with the Rams on a bye.

Pro Football Talk: 11th (12th)

The good news? The Rams finally have climbed past Seattle and San Francisco in the standings. The bad news? Both of those teams stink right now.

FOX Sports: 11th (15th)

Nick Foles is not a model of consistency by any means, but the Rams have a dominant defensive line and a rookie running back oozing with upside. This is a formula that tends to get better as the season progresses.

Pro Football Focus: 20th (15th)

In the fourth quarter, Todd Gurley has 179 yards on 16 carries. That is the second-highest yardage total in the fourth quarter in the league.