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2018 NFL power rankings, Week 2: Los Angeles Rams blast off at halftime

The Rams handled business in Week 1. Here’s how the power rankings saw things.

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Los Angeles Rams v Oakland Raiders Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

2018 NFL Power Rankings Summary - Week 2

Metric Ranking
Metric Ranking
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)

SB Nation: 6th (previously: 4th)

ESPN: 4th (6th)

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.

NFL: 2nd (2nd)

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.

CBS: 6th (9th)

The defense came up big in the second half against Oakland. Now comes a division game against Arizona on a short week.

Yahoo!: 2nd (2nd)

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.

Pro Football Talk: 5th (8th)

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.