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NFL Power Rankings Week 15: Live From The Gutter

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One win does not a sick season cure.

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Well, a 21-14 win over the Detroit Lions at least helps the St. Louis Rams' 2015 season avoid the pitfalls of a 4-win season...but is that as good as it's going to get? If so, these last three games are going to be tough. If not, the major power rankings still won't likely take them out of the basement.

Average ranking (# of rankings) 24.22 (9)
Average change from last week +3.75
Highest ranking (source) 20th (FOX Sports)
Lowest ranking (source) 27th (CBS - Kirwan)
Biggest positive change (source) +7 (multiple sources)
Biggest negative change (source) +0 (multiple sources)

SB Nation: 22nd (27th)

ESPN: 26th (28th)

The Rams are 4-1 this season when Todd Gurley rushes for at least 100 yards. They are 1-7 when he doesn't play or fails to reach 100 rushing yards. 24th (31st)

Heard an interesting comment that Todd Gurley didn't let the Rams' offense ruin him Sunday. Isn't it odd that whenever an offense fails, we blame the quarterback or the coordinator (St. Louis just fired theirs last week), and never the running back? Can't they miss holes? Can't they miss blitz reads? Well, scratch the random football musings for now, because Gurley was ridiculous against that Lions front, collecting 140 yards on just 16 carries. Good grief. He resembles a sleeker version of Eddie George, if you ask me. Ironic that George's head coach was also Jeff Fisher.

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

They got the ball back to Todd Gurley and won a game. Now we know why offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti was fired.

CBS Sports (Kirwan): 27th (31st)

The running game was back last week, and the defense returned to form, but it may be too little, too late.

Yahoo! Sports: 25th (27th)

How many fans will be there Thursday night for the game against the Buccaneers? 5,000? Not like many turned out on Sunday.

Pro Football Talk: 24th (27th)

And now it’s time for the late-season surge that will persuade ownership to stick with the status quo.

FOX Sports: 20th (27th)

In his first game calling the plays, new Rams offensive coordinator Rob Boras shifted back to a heavy run-first approach and the Rams picked up the win thanks to 140 rushing yards and two touchdowns from running back Todd Gurley..

Pro Football Focus: 25th (25th)

Defensive end William Hayes has an 11.0 run stop percentage, which leads all 4-3 defensive ends with at least 100 run snaps. 2015 will be his fourth consecutive year finishing in the top five.