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2017 NFL Power Rankings, Week 3: Holding Pattern

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The Rams are where you’d likely expect as a 1-1 team.

Washington at Los Angeles Rams
Washington at Los Angeles Rams
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Welp. Your boy missed last week’s power rankings, so I will accept all hatred and vitriol for the next 24 hours. Yes, I’m too negative/a salty St. Louis fan/a hater/all other random bad Rams internet things. I’ve owned this one.

In the meanwhile, let’s look at the major power rankings from around these internets.

2017 NFL Power Rankings Summary - Week 3

Average ranking (# of rankings) 19.88 (8)
Average ranking (# of rankings) 19.88 (8)
Average change from last week -2.00
Highest ranking (source) 15th (SB Nation)
Lowest ranking (source) 23rd (Sports Illustrated)
Biggest positive change (source) +2 (NFL.com)
Biggest negative change (source) -11 (SB Nation)

SB Nation: 15th (last week: 4th)

ESPN: 22nd (18th)

Jared Goff is showing big improvement in his second season. Sure, he has only two passing touchdowns so far, but he's averaging 9.8 yards per attempt, up 4.5 yards from his 2016 average. That's currently the fourth-best rate in the NFL.

NFL.com: 21st (23rd)

If Jared Goff had stared at Cooper Kupp any longer than he did in the closing moments Sunday, you'd have to wipe his eyelashes off the receiver. The Rams sophomore quarterback will learn that he can't watch his wideout run his route, make his break and turn for the ball -- not unless there isn't a defender within 10 yards of said receiver. Of course, against Washington, there very much was, as Mason Foster watched Goff watch Kupp, allowing Foster to earn the save for the Redskins. Yet, that final series didn't necessarily lose the day for L.A. On the previous possession, the Rams settled for a field goal when Robert Woods temporarily forgot what a penalty was. Oh, brother. Going up 24-20 would've swung momentum the home team's way, with the crowd behind it. Well, as much as the L.A. Coliseum gets behind a pro football team.

CBS Sports: 20th (18th)

What happened to the defense? Wasn't Aaron Donald back for this one? It wasn't good.

Yahoo! Sports: 20th (20th)

Todd Gurley looked great with 136 total yards, a couple of touchdowns and one fantastic hurdle. The Rams lost, but seeing Gurley play his best game since his rookie year is a clear positive.

Pro Football Talk: 19th (18th)

The annual RGIII bowl was about as inspiring as it ever is.

Sports Illustrated’s MMQB: 23rd (23rd)

USA Today: 19th (19th)

No disrespect to Jared Goff (maybe a little), but Johnny Hekker reminded us he's best QB on team after 28-yard pass on fake punt set up game-tying TD.