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2017 NFL power rankings, Week 14: Rams ready for front-stage drama

Here’s how the major power rankings see the Rams as they head into the final quarter of the season with some major matchups on tap.

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Los Angeles Rams DL Aaron Donald sacks Arizona Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert
Los Angeles Rams DL Aaron Donald sacks Arizona Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

2017 NFL Power Rankings Summary - Week 14

Average ranking (# of rankings) 5.14 (8)
Average ranking (# of rankings) 5.14 (8)
Average change from last week 0.38
Highest ranking (source) 4th (ESPN)
Lowest ranking (source) 6th (multiple sources)
Biggest positive change (source) 0 (multiple sources)
Biggest negative change (source) -1 (multiple sources)

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

With their playoff hopes on the line, the Seahawks pulled off a gigantic win and jolted themselves into contention. A loss to the red-hot Eagles would’ve left Seattle at 7-5 and behind the Falcons in the NFC Wild Card race. But the win put the team in the No. 5 seed and kept the Seahawks just one game behind the Rams, who they’ll face in a pivotal rematch in Week 15.

ESPN: 4th (3rd)

It hasn't been a great year for rookie wide receivers, but Cooper Kupp has certainly stood out. Kupp has been Jared Goff's top target, and leads all rookie receivers with 51 receptions and 665 receiving yards. 5th (5th)

Not sure anyone can stop the Rams' offense right now. Even on a day when that side of the ball didn't play particularly well, Los Angeles still manufactured 300-plus yards despite tapping the brakes in the fourth quarter. More importantly, the offense might not have to provide much more than that, given the way Wade Phillips' D is competing. L.A.'s allowing a hair over 18 points per game, and even produced a touchdown of its own against Arizona. Todd Gurley won't receive many (any?) MVP votes, but he compiled another 158 scrimmage yards. He isn't being overused in the run game, which means he should be fresh for the playoffs. That equates to clock-eating drives, which equates to saving Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald and everyone else's legs on Phillips' unit.

CBS Sports: 5th (5th)

They face an enormous game this week at home against the Eagles. The good news is the defense is getting better by the week.

Yahoo! Sports: 5th (5th)

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald could be the best player in football regardless of position. He had two sacks Sunday, and most weeks he’s practically unblockable. He was even a revelation to new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who was asked which player surprised him most (via Alden Gonzalez of ESPN): “Aaron Donald. Because he’s better than everybody, and I didn’t know he was better than everybody. I thought he was good, but I didn’t know he was better than everybody.”

Pro Football Talk: 5th (5th)

Bruce Arians is going to be eating his words every time he ever plays the Rams, ever again.

Sports Illustrated’s MMQB: 6th (5th)

USA Today: 6th (5th)

Sammy Watkins has made his 31 catches count, scoring on six of them. Might we suggest an expanded role in upcoming games vs. Eagles and Seahawks?