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2017 NFL Power Rankings, Week 9: Rested Rams ready to return

How did the major power rankings assess the Rams coming out of the bye week at 5-2?

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Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Sean McVay
Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Sean McVay
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2017 NFL Power Rankings Summary - Week 9

Average ranking (# of rankings) 6.38 (8)
Average ranking (# of rankings) 6.38 (8)
Average change from last week -0.50
Highest ranking (source) 2nd (
Lowest ranking (source) 8th (multiple sources)
Biggest positive change (source) +1 (USA Today)
Biggest negative change (source) -1 (multiple sources)

SB Nation: 7th (last week: 6th)

ESPN: 8th (7th)

The Rams are off to one of their best starts in years, but they need to cut down on turnovers in order to keep winning. They've fumbled 15 times this season (lost eight of them), which is tied for fourth-most in the NFL, and have a turnover margin of zero. 2nd (2nd)

Flying silently -- although never on Twitter -- is the work of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Broaching such hot topics as Medicare can only be surpassed by the performance of the defense he directs. That's why the Rams are so high. The upside of the defense means this team can get even better. After allowing 26.3 points per game over the first four contests of the season, the defense has shut the door, giving up a meager 11.0 ppg in the past three outings. Against the run, Phillips' unit is allowing 85.3 rush yards per game since Week 5. Before Week 5, that figure was at 151.2. Oh, and the defense is primarily responsible for winning the last two games, too.

CBS Sports: 5th (5th)

They come off their bye with a long road trip to play the Giants. But they've had some long ones already, including at London two weeks ago. Are they ready to push for a division title?

Yahoo! Sports: 7th (6th)

Next up for the Rams is an interesting game at the Giants. The Giants aren’t good, but the Rams are flying across country for an early game, which can be tricky. It’s one of those games where if Los Angeles is for real — and there’s no reason to believe they’re not — this shouldn’t be a tough game.

Pro Football Talk: 8th (7th)

The arrival of Duane Brown in Seattle will make it even harder for the Rams to topple Seattle.

Sports Illustrated’s MMQB: 8th (7th)

USA Today: 6th (7th)

Their last two games were in Jacksonsville and London, both wins. Now Rams visit New York Giants post-bye, hoping to end season 3-0 on Atlantic's coasts.