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2018 NFL power rankings, Week 4: Los Angeles Rams on top of the NFL

The Rams won the Battle of LA and remain among the top teams in the power rankings.

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Los Angeles Rams DL Aaron Donald stares down Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers, Sep. 23, 2018. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

2018 NFL Power Rankings Summary - Week 4

Metric Ranking
Metric Ranking
Average ranking (# of rankings) 1
Average change from last week +0.57
Highest ranking (source) 1st (multiple sources)
Lowest ranking (source) 1st (multiple sources)
Biggest positive change (source) +1 (multiple sources)
Biggest negative change (source) 0 (multiple sources)

SB Nation: 1st (previously: 2nd)

The Rams decisively beat the Chargers in Week 3 and Jared Goff played one of his best games yet. Unfortunately for the Rams, they’ll be without cornerback Marcus Peters for a few weeks and fellow cornerback Aqib Talib is banged up, too.

Who will be the first team to beat the red-hot Rams? Minnesota will be the next to try when it takes on Los Angeles on Thursday Night Football this week; maybe the Vikings were looking ahead when they fell to the Bills 27-6 on Sunday?

ESPN: 1st (1st)

Despite a formidable front that includes Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, the Rams are allowing 5.0 yards per rush this season, ranked 27th in the NFL.

NFL: 1st (1st)

Clearly the top team in pro football. Which means all those analysts and colleagues of mine who told me I was putting too much stock in Jared Goff’s performance last year ... Well, I don’t know what to tell you. His accuracy continues to impress. On Sunday, he darn near averaged 10 yards per throw -- an incredible rate. Meanwhile, the defense took Philip Rivers’ best shots, ultimately producing stops when absolutely imperative. That was the difference in the game. There was also better red-zone efficiency and goal-to-goal performance from Los Angeles. Well, the home Los Angeles team. You know, the one that plays on the non-soccer pitch. Gosh, this L.A. football thing gets confusing.

CBS: 1st (2nd)

The Rams defense is 27th against the run and 29th in sacks per play. That has to be concerning going forward, starting Thursday against the Vikings.

Yahoo!: 1st (1st)

Injuries are the only thing that can derail the Rams in the NFC West, and maybe in the NFC as a whole. But the injuries to cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib are a big deal. Especially having to face Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs of the Vikings on Thursday.

Pro Football Talk: 1st (2nd)

The Super Bowl favorite has delivered, so far. They’ll have to deliver on Thursday night without both starting cornerbacks.

USA Today: 1st (2nd)

They’re on pace to outscore opponents by 352 points (22 per game), though that could change with Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib on pace to miss a few games.