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2018 NFL power rankings, Week 3: Los Angeles Rams among elite after blowout win

After a 34-0 shellacking of the Arizona Cardinals, here’s how the power rankings saw things.

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2018 NFL Power Rankings Summary - Week 3

Metric Ranking
Metric Ranking
Average ranking (# of rankings) 1.57
Average change from last week +2.43
Highest ranking (source) 1st (multiple sources)
Lowest ranking (source) 2nd (multiple sources)
Biggest positive change (source) +4 (multiple sources)
Biggest negative change (source) +1 (multiple sources)

SB Nation: 2nd (previously: 6th)

In Los Angeles, the Rams easily beat the Cardinals with a 34-0 shutout that saw Jared Goff throw for 354 yards while Sam Bradford threw for just 90. That’s not a mistake. The Cardinals produced a total of 138 yards on offense in the entire game.

ESPN: 1st (4th)

The Rams are 2-0 for the first time since 2001, when they played in the Super Bowl. Los Angeles is now the favorite to win it all, by most measures. The Rams have the best odds to win the Super Bowl (5-1), according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, and also are 30 percent FPI favorites to win it all (best in league).

NFL: 1st (2nd)

Boy oh boy, did the Rams look like a Super Bowl team on Sunday. Up 19-0 against the Cardinals early in the third quarter, Los Angeles came out aggressively. Jared Goff -- someone many readers still seem to feel is overrated -- threw two strikes into small windows on consecutive throws to move into Arizona territory, setting up a Rams touchdown by Todd Gurley. In other words, Sean McVay doesn’t ease up on the gas pedal, and he trusts his quarterback, even after the previous possession had ended on a Patrick Peterson pick. With defenses so focused on No. 30 in the backfield, Goff takes advantage of 1-on-1 matchups wherever he sees them. And by takes advantage, we mean delivers accurate, on-time throws. Oh, yeah, and the defense pitched a shutout.

CBS: 2nd (6th)

They are off to the type of start many expected. But they haven’t played a good team yet, but will when they face the Chargers in the battle of LA this week.

Yahoo!: 1st (2nd)

That Rams defense that hasn’t allowed a touchdown in seven quarters? All-world Aaron Donald has two solo tackles and no sacks already. Let’s go out on a limb and say that won’t continue. So yes, the Rams’ defense should get even better.

Pro Football Talk: 2nd (5th)

The best team in the NFC gets a chance to prove it’s the best team in L.A. this weekend.

USA Today: 2nd (3rd)

No one else remotely approaches their 54-point scoring differential after two weeks. But first real test looms Sunday vs. cross-town Chargers.