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Los Angeles Rams land in top 5 in new SB Nation NFL Power Rankings


Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff at the line of scrimmage against the Indianapolis Colts, Sep. 10, 2017.
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1, September 10, 2017.
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More power rankings, more (is that possible?) expectations.

SB Nation dropped their power rankings this week and slid the Los Angeles Rams inside the top 5:

#4.) Los Angeles Rams

A high-powered offense led by Jared Goff and Todd Gurley carried a defense that struggled to stop the run in 2017. Adding Brandin Cooks to replace Sammy Watkins should only make an explosive offense better, and the defense now has Ndamukong Suh, Aqib Talib, and Marcus Peters too.

Generating a pass rush without Robert Quinn and no new edge rushers to fill the void could be an Achilles heel, but Aaron Donald and Suh wreaking havoc in the middle should help cancel that out.

The Rams come in behind just the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings, i.e. your Super Bowl LII duo and the other team from the NFC Championship.

We saw other power rankings this week put the Rams in the top 10 but not quite as high as these. All in all, it’s really about how to parse through the top 10 or 12 teams in the NFC since they’re really tightly packed. There’s just not a ton separating them going into the season which makes for ridiculously high competitive balance.

And what should be a ridiculously entertaining season.