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2016 NFL Power Rankings, Week 2

Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end!

Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin
Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin
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Last week, the Rams opened the season near the bottom of the national power rankings. Many Rams fans scoffed.

What does the media know? These pundits don’t know anything about the Rams! We’re clearly a middle of the pack team and could be top 10 once the wins start rolling in!

Seven days is a long, long, long time on the NFL clock.

Here’s what I said last week:

Does the national media telling Rams fans that Year Five under Head Coach Jeff Fisher and General Manager Les Snead is going to be more of the same, more disappointing Fisherball and if anything a worse win-loss record matter? In an age of near-universal institutional distrust, it’s clearly an easy out for Rams fans to simply scoff at a national media who doesn’t “get” the Rams. I just wonder at what point Rams fans get tired of going to bat for the Rams when they continue to provide sub-standard results at the same time they enable and empower the same people who guided them to those sub-standard results.

Uh, yeah. That again.

Average ranking (# of rankings) 31.00 (7)
Average change from last week -4.86
Highest ranking (source) 30th (SB Nation)
Lowest ranking (source) 32nd (FOX Sports)
Biggest positive change (source) -2 (FOX Sports)
Biggest negative change (source) -10 (PFT)

SB Nation: 30th (26th last week)

Nobody has as much reason to be embarrassed as Rams fans though. They traded a boatload of draft picks to move up to No. 1 this year and get Jared Goff, then they couldn’t even get him ready to be the backup in time for Week 1. Jeff Fisher said after Monday’s shutout loss to the 49ers that he still had no plans to make changes at QB. Goff must be really bad. Have fun with that, Los Angeles.

ESPN: 31st (28th)

The Rams were the first team shut out in a season opener since ... the Rams in 2009. The Rams went 1-15 that season, and if they can't get the offense going against the Seahawks in Week 2, they'll be on be right on track with that 2009 team. 31st (28th)

Frustrating debut for the new/old Los Angeles Rams. Todd Gurley might only need a few inches of daylight, à la Gale Sayers, but those crevices weren't there to slip through Monday night. Until the Rams' play up front significantly improves, Gurley's focus might have to shift from breaking big gainers to knowing the value of a 3-yard run. Easy for fans to blame Case Keenum, but much went into the loss Monday night. Team brass is smart to sit Jared Goff.

CBS Sports: 31st (25th)

That was disgusting against the 49ers. They need to play the kid. Put Jared Goff in the lineup. He couldn't be any worse.

Yahoo! Sports: 31st (25th)

They’ll be moving up from here in the next few weeks. But that performance at the 49ers was so incredibly awful, they deserve this spot for at least a week. The two worst teams in Week 1, by far, are the bottom two teams in these rankings.

Pro Football Talk: 31st (21st)

Jeff Fisher didn’t want to be 7-9 again. He likely won’t be, but not in the way he had hoped.

FOX Sports: 32nd (30th)

Jeff Fisher gets a lot of flak for being a perennial 7-9 coach, but are we sure the Rams will even reach seven wins this season? It doesn’t look promising. It’s hard to imagine Jared Goff is worse than Case Keenumand Sean Mannion, but that’s a testament to how big of an issue the Rams have at quarterback. Los Angeles had a putrid 185 yards of total offense and gave up 320 yards to the Niners.