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NFL Power Rankings Week 3: A Bruising From The Losing

Losing 24-10 to Washington? That's a paddlin'.

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

I just don't have a ton to say about Sunday. A 24-10 loss to Washington? It just wasn't good. In any aspect.

I doubt the power rankings will look too kindly on it.

Average ranking (# of rankings) 18.63 (8)
Average change from last week -5.00
Highest ranking (source) 15th (multiple sources)
Lowest ranking (source) 27th (CBS - Prisco)
Biggest positive change (source) 0 (SB Nation)
Biggest negative change (source) -12 (CBS - Prisco)

SB Nation: 15th (15th)

ESPN: 19th (14th)

Todd Gurley averaged 3.9 yards per rush after contact in his final season at Georgia and appears to be ready for Week 3. The Rams are averaging 0.9 yards after contact on rushes this season. 15th (12th)

Your friendly writer was destroyed for not overreacting to the Rams' overtime win versus the Seahawks in St. Louis. The team's subsequent performance at Washington shows you why I held back. Every season, we hear something like this: "The team you've got to watch out for is the Rams, I'm telling ya." And every year, they falter. Is St. Louis different with Nick Foles under center? Maybe. But wasn't Sunday's contest the exact type of game the Rams need to win to fulfill even wild-card promise? Let's see how they respond against that red-hot Steelers offense, which features Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell, not Kirk Cousins and Matt Jones.

CBS Sports (Prisco): 27th (15th)

They put so much into the first game against Seattle that the loss to the Redskins had to be a letdown. Right? Now comes a major test for the defense: that high-flying Steelers offense.

CBS Sports (Kirwan): 20th (14th)

Another group of not-ready-for-prime-time players. They took the shine off their Week 1 win over Seattle with a lackluster effort in DC. The Skins may have exposed this aggressive defense with their edge runs.

Yahoo! Sports: 20th (17th)

The next NFL Network documentary: "The Jeff Fisher Era: No Win Too Impressive, No Loss Too Disappointing."

Pro Football Talk: 16th (13th)

The Rams should petition to play all of their games against NFC West teams.

Fox Sports: 17th (9th)

Todd Gurley’s debut will be a much-needed jolt for an offense severely lacking explosive plays. When opposing offenses opt to use quick passing to negate the Rams’ pass rush, they will need to focus on shutting down the run first.