2018 NFL Power Rankings Summary - Week 2
|Average ranking (# of rankings)||4.00 (7)|
|Average change from last week||+1.14|
|Highest ranking (source)||2nd (multiple sources)|
|Lowest ranking (source)||6th (multiple sources)|
|Biggest positive change (source)||+3 (multiple sources)|
|Biggest negative change (source)||-2 (SB Nation)|
The Rams acquired Marcus Peters in the offseason to help overhaul a secondary that held the Raiders’ wide receivers without a catch in the second half of Monday night’s win. Peters had a pick-six, and he leads the NFL with 12 interceptions since 2016.
The Rams stay parked in the 2 spot, as their second-half effort in Oakland revealed how tough an out this group will be all season long. Loved all the play-action Sean McVay was calling with a fourth-quarter lead and the Raiders anticipating a steady diet of Todd Gurley runs. Maybe, as Booger McFarland pointed out on the ESPN broadcast, it might seem McVay got a little cute with all the throws late, but that was keeping Paul Guenther’s D guessing. Just wait until L.A.’s defense gets accustomed to playing with one another.
The defense came up big in the second half against Oakland. Now comes a division game against Arizona on a short week.
If what we saw Monday night is what we’ll see from the Rams defense all season, we might be looking at a team that has a 13-3 type season. Because we know the offense is going to be very good.
So much for the “starters need to play in the preseason” argument.
USA Today: 3rd (5th)
Took a while for L.A. to find groove after key starters coasted for much of August. But they found gear and already have first place to themselves.