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2017 NFL Power Rankings, Week 6: Stuck In The Shadows

After a statement win in Dallas in Week 4, a home loss to the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks left the Rams tumbling down the power rankings.

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Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams
Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

2017 NFL Power Rankings Summary - Week 6

Average ranking (# of rankings) 12.63 (8)
Average ranking (# of rankings) 12.63 (8)
Average change from last week -2.00
Highest ranking (source) 11th (multiple sources)
Lowest ranking (source) 16th (Pro Football Talk)
Biggest positive change (source) +5 (ESPN)
Biggest negative change (source) -9 (SB Nation)

SB Nation: 13th (last week: 4th)

ESPN: 11th (16th)

16.2 percent chance [of making the playoffs]. That percentage might seem low for a 3-2 Rams team, but keep in mind that they currently rank 25th in efficiency, according to FPI. And despite his improvements, Jared Goff ranks just 15th in Total QBR through five weeks. 11th (10th)

Jared Goff's improvement certainly deserves mention among the early-season storylines. Too often on Sunday, though, the sophomore signal caller could've afforded to take a cue from the sixth-year vet across the way. Russell Wilson has made a living of knowing when to extend plays and when to throw the ball away. Goff still needs to show more pocket awareness. Take the Earl Thomas interception, where Goff tried to lob the ball over his offensive lineman (who was getting moved backward into the QB) and over the middle. Move to the side, step back, etc. -- don't force a ball over the middle with poor trajectory at that stage of the game. On another front, Wade Phillips' defense continues to get a wee bit better week by week. Just an observation.

CBS Sports: 12th (12th)

That was a tough loss against Seattle and now they have a long trip to face the Jaguars. That won't be easy.

Yahoo! Sports: 12th (9th)

The Rams are fine. The Seahawks just have a great defense and weren’t going down without a heck of a fight. Jared Goff had a rough day on the whole, but it was impressive seeing him direct a nice drive at the end (and he made a nice pass to Cooper Kupp in the end zone that should have been caught). The Rams will be fine. They’re just not ready to take over the NFC West from the Seahawks yet. Considering where they were at the end of last season, that’s fine.

Pro Football Talk: 16th (13th)

It was supposed to be a statement game; instead, it raised real questions about whether this team is as good as we thought it was.

Sports Illustrated’s MMQB: 14th (11th)

USA Today: 12th (10th)

Seattle seemed to prove widely floated theory -- shut down Todd Gurley, and L.A.'s high-flying offense will come crashing down.