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2017 NFL power rankings, Week 12: Challenged and checked

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The Rams came up short on the road in Week 11. Here’s how the major power rankings see them heading home to take on the Saints.

Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings
Los Angeles Rams OLB Connor Barwin rushes Minnesota Vikings QB Case Keenum
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

2017 NFL Power Rankings Summary - Week 12

Average ranking (# of rankings) 6.38 (8)
Average ranking (# of rankings) 6.38 (8)
Average change from last week -2.13
Highest ranking (source) 6th (multiple sources)
Lowest ranking (source) 8th (SB Nation)
Biggest positive change (source) +1 (ESPN)
Biggest negative change (source) -4 (multiple sources)

SB Nation: 8th (last week: 4th)

The Rams were No. 1 in the NFL in scoring with 32.9 points per game. But after scoring just seven on the Vikings, Los Angeles dropped to No. 2 behind the Eagles because the team’s average fell to 30.3 points. After a rocky game against Washington, the Vikings defense is back, baby.

ESPN: 6th (7th)

The Rams are coming off a loss to the Vikings, but that's not the end of the world. Los Angeles is 7-3 and should have no problem finishing the year with a winning record. If that happens, it'll be the franchise's first winning season since 2003.

NFL.com: 6th (2nd)

Tough loss in Minnesota, but this is certainly not the time to write these guys off. The drop here is more a result of all the teams behind the Rams last week -- including the Vikings -- getting quality wins. Caught Sean McVay's postgame news conference on SiriusXM Radio on Sunday afternoon. It's so obvious why this head coach has his team's ear. McVay showed energy, confidence and an upbeat attitude, even after being pressed about Cooper Kupp's fumble. Oddly, Kupp has been the central figure in the losses to the top opponents on the Rams' schedule thus far. The drop versus the Seahawks cost L.A. a win in Week 5 against the division bully. But that would've been a high-degree-of-difficulty grab, and, like his turnover Sunday, shouldn't obscure his fine rookie season. Knowing there is a lot of time left in 2017, I think the Rams are at least a wild-card team.

CBS Sports: 6th (4th)

They fell flat in the second half against Minnesota and now face a brutal stretch of games. They need to get the offense back on track quickly.

Yahoo! Sports: 6th (4th)

It wasn’t ideal to lose to a team that the Rams will be battling with for seeding in the NFC, but the Vikings are good too. What’s most troubling might be the shoulder injury for Robert Woods. He’s been a big part of this season’s offensive resurgence.

Pro Football Talk: 6th (4th)

The loss in Minnesota could be the first of several cold splashes of water in the face of a team still clinging to the NFC West lead.

Sports Illustrated’s MMQB: 6th (5th)

USA Today: 7th (4th)

Overrated? Sunday's loss might have been needed reality check for a team that only has one win over an opponent with a winning record.