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2017 NFL power rankings, Week 16: Rams surge on verge of NFC West crown

Here’s how the major power rankings see the Rams with just two games remaining in the 2017 regular season.

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Seattle Seahawks fans in Week 15
Seattle Seahawks fans in Week 15
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2017 NFL Power Rankings Summary - Week 16

Average ranking (# of rankings) 5.50 (8)
Average ranking (# of rankings) 5.50 (8)
Average change from last week +0.38
Highest ranking (source) 3rd (Yahoo! Sports)
Lowest ranking (source) 8th (multiple sources)
Biggest positive change (source) +2 (multiple sources)
Biggest negative change (source) -1 (ESPN)

SB Nation: 7th (last week: 9th)

ESPN: 5th (4th)

ESPN is noting the top Pro Bowl attendees for their power rankings this week:

Andrew Whitworth, Aaron Donald and Johnny Hekker (3): Whitworth has solidified the Rams' offensive line this season, which has helped Todd Gurley II's resurgence. Donald solidified the defensive line years ago and has matched a career high with 11.0 sacks in 2017. 5th (5th)

You knew it was the Rams' day when Todd Gurley took it 57 yards to the house on a run designed to merely get out of Dodge on third down. L.A. racked up 352 yards on the Seahawks' defense. You can point to Seattle's injuries, sure -- but the missing players are on the back end. The Seahawks were pushed around all day by the upstart Rams, who are still in the mix for a first-round bye. Sean McVay's team has scored 438 points in 14 games. The Rams scored 224 all of last year. That's insane.

CBS Sports: 8th (8th)

That was a statement victory at Seattle. The message was sent: They will be a factor in the playoffs.

Yahoo! Sports: 3rd (5th)

Oh, wow. Sunday’s win over the Seahawks is the best game an NFL team has played this season. That was shocking. And even before that performance, the Rams were playing like one of the best teams we’ve seen in years. The Rams were in the top five in offense, defense and special teams in Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric before Week 15, and only four other teams had pulled that off after 14 weeks, dating back to 1989: the 1991 Redskins, 1992 Eagles, 1996 Packers and 2012 Seahawks. That’s some great company. And then the Rams won 42-7 at Seattle. Maybe we shouldn’t have been so surprised by that result. I’m buying.

Pro Football Talk: 8th (8th)

If the Rams that showed up in Seattle show up in the playoffs, they’ll be showing up in the Super Bowl.

Sports Illustrated’s MMQB: 4th (4th)

USA Today: 4th (4th)

Was there a more impressive win league-wide this season than issuing Seattle the worst loss of the Pete Carroll regime in the NFL's toughest venue?