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2017 NFL Power Rankings, Week 4: Creepin On Ah Come Up

The Rams are on the rise in the major power rankings as the leaders of the NFC West.

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Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff
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The Los Angeles Rams topped the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football in Week 3, 41-39. So how do the major national power rankings see the leaders of the NFC West after three weeks?

2017 NFL Power Rankings Summary - Week 4

Average ranking (# of rankings) 15.50 (8)
Average ranking (# of rankings) 15.50 (8)
Average change from last week +4.38
Highest ranking (source) 10th (SB Nation)
Lowest ranking (source) 19th (Sports Illustrated)
Biggest positive change (source) +7 (USA Today)
Biggest negative change (source) +1 (PFT)

SB Nation: 10th (last week: 15th)

ESPN: 16th (22nd)

Jared Goff: 68.5 Total QBR. Goff is averaging a league-best 10.1 yards per attempt this season, and he also has the fourth-best Total QBR. He ranked last in both in 2016. The new Rams offense will have some tougher challenges coming up though, with games against the Cowboys, Seahawks and surprising Jaguars. 16th (21st)

The Rams delivered on Thursday in what might be the game of the year thus far. The offense looks completely different from how it did last year, in the best possible interpretation of that phrase. The defense under coordinator Wade Phillips might take a bit more time to gel -- usually, a new offense is slower to develop than a new D, but not in this case. Meanwhile, the nice start for this franchise is not an aberration -- unlike last year's 3-1 record, which was smoke, mirrors and a bushy mustache.

CBS Sports: 17th (20th)

The offense has looked good, but what has happened to that defense. That unit has been getting dominated, which is a shock.

Yahoo! Sports: 16th (20th)

Given the way the Seahawks have played, it might not be crazy to think the Rams could win the NFC West. The offense is much better and there’s a lot of talent on defense. Coaching matters.

Pro Football Talk: 18th (19th)

Maybe they won’t be pursuing Kirk Cousins next year, after all.

Sports Illustrated’s MMQB: 19th (23rd)

USA Today: 12th (19th)

After scintillating three-TD game Thursday night, we'd say Todd Gurley is all the way back. And it sure seems Jared Goff has definitively arrived.