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2017 NFL power rankings, Week 15: Setback serves Rams up for late-season drama

Here’s how the major power rankings see the Rams as they head off to Seattle.

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Los Angeles Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman tackles Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi
Los Angeles Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman tackles Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi
Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

2017 NFL Power Rankings Summary - Week 15

Average ranking (# of rankings) 5.88 (8)
Average ranking (# of rankings) 5.88 (8)
Average change from last week -0.75
Highest ranking (source) 4th (multiple sources)
Lowest ranking (source) 9th (SB Nation)
Biggest positive change (source) +2 (multiple sources)
Biggest negative change (source) -5 (SB Nation)

SB Nation: 9th (last week: 5th)

ESPN: 4th (4th)

The Rams averaged 14.0 points per game in 2016. This year they are averaging more than twice that (30.5). Jared Goff's improvement has been notable, but Todd Gurley II has been the catalyst. He has accounted for 34 percent of the team's yards from scrimmage, highest in the NFL. 5th (5th)

Tough loss for the Rams, as a play here or there would have altered the outcome at the L.A. Coliseum. Call it a missed opportunity for Sean McVay's group, who -- with the Vikings and Saints both losing -- could have made a push for home-field, especially with Nick Foles in for Carson Wentz over the last handful of drives on Sunday. Now Jared Goff and company must shake off the late missteps, and refocus on the division. It's Seahawks week. A win in Seattle means the race is likely over, as the Rams would own a two-game lead, with the Seahawks going on the road to face the Cowboys (and a reinstated Ezekiel Elliott) the next week. Goff must have a hastier internal clock than he did against those pesky Eagles.

CBS Sports: 8th (5th)

They have to find a way to win the games against the best of the NFC. Now comes a big division game with Seattle.

Yahoo! Sports: 5th (5th)

The Rams have been the story of the division for so long this season, this might have escaped you: If the Seahawks beat the Rams at home on Sunday, they’ll move into a tie with Los Angeles for first place and own the tiebreaker with two games to go. It would be disheartening for the Rams to lead the division for most of this season and lose it in the end to the Seahawks. They’ll need a great effort on Sunday to avoid that.

Pro Football Talk: 8th (5th)

Missing the playoffs isn’t out of the question.

Sports Illustrated’s MMQB: 4th (6th)

USA Today: 4th (6th)

They edge up rankings despite narrow loss to Eagles. But they could be direct beneficiaries of adversity in Philadelphia and Seattle.