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2018 NFL power rankings, Week 13: Bye week keeps Los Angeles Rams among top tier

The Rams come out of the bye week considered one of the NFL’s best teams. Now for the playoff push...

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2018 NFL Power Rankings Summary - Week 13

Metric Ranking
Metric Ranking
Average ranking (# of rankings) 2.00
Average change from last week 0.00
Highest ranking (source) 2nd (multiple sources)
Lowest ranking (source) 2nd (multiple sources)
Biggest positive change (source) 0 (multiple sources)
Biggest negative change (source) 0 (multiple sources)

SB Nation: 2nd (previously 2nd)

The Saints, Rams, and Chiefs are still the NFL’s top three teams, but there’s a new team in the top five behind them as the Bears keep proving their legitimacy.

ESPN: 2nd (2nd)

Toughest game left: Week 14 at Chicago. The Rams are 10-1, and after a big win over the Chiefs, it seems improbable that they’ll drop a game the rest of the way. However, the Bears -- who have won five straight -- will present a challenge. Their defense ranks fourth in yards allowed per game with 316 and is third in points allowed with an average of 19.2. The Rams proved that they could win in cold weather when they defeated the Broncos in October. However, that might not compare to Soldier Field in December in a prime-time game.

NFL: 2nd (2nd)

Following what might have been the greatest regular-season game in NFL history, the Rams were off last week, so I thought I’d try to name the five best Rams games ever. Here we go:

1) 1999 NFC Championship Game: Rams 11, Buccaneers 6. Sent the Rams to the Super Bowl -- and it required a clutch throw-and-catch for the ages to win.
2) 1951 NFL Championship Game: Rams 24, Browns 17. The franchise had lost two straight title games and was becoming known as a strong offensive team that continually came up short. The Rams handed the Browns their first championship defeat after Cleveland won five titles in a row in the old AAFC and NFL.
3) Super Bowl XXXIV: Rams 23, Titans 16. One yard short, first Lombardi -- ‘nuff said.
4) 1989 Divisional Playoffs: Rams 19, Giants 13 (OT). Jim Everett to Flipper Anderson through the end zone and up the tunnel to beat Lawrence Taylor and the second-seeded Giants in OT.
5) Chiefs-Rams two Mondays ago. Football officially came back to L.A. in a prime-time game that will be remembered for years.

CBS: 2nd (2nd)

They come off their bye with a road game at Detroit. The defense needs to be better down the stretch.

Yahoo!: 2nd (2nd)

Did you know the Rams could have clinched the division in November had the Panthers beat the Seahawks on Sunday? That’s coming soon of course, but it helps to show how dominant the Rams have been.

Pro Football Talk: 2nd (2nd)

Aqib Talib can’t get back in the lineup soon enough.

USA Today: 2nd (2nd)

Magic number to clinch NFC West remains at one. They should get job done in Detroit on Sunday, when they’d enjoy boost if Aqib Talib returns.