2019 NFL Power Rankings Summary - Week 7
|Average ranking (# of rankings)||14.75 (8)|
|Average change from last week||-5.88|
|Highest ranking (source)||11th (ESPN)|
|Lowest ranking (source)||18th (multiple sources)|
|Biggest positive change (source)||-3 (multiple sources)|
|Biggest negative change (source)||-8 (multiple sources)|
Biggest weakness: Consistency on offense
Too much passing? Too much running? Not enough of anything? Six games in, and through a 3-3 start, the Rams’ offense is still in search of an identity, which is shocking given how efficient the unit has been since Sean McVay took over as coach in 2017. “We look like a good offense, sometimes, look like a bad offense,” receiver Robert Woods said. “Just not being consistent.” The Rams have been unable to find consistency in their running game and rank 21st in the league, averaging 98 yards per game. They’ve relied heavily on their passing attack, which ranks sixth in averaging 272 yards per game, though even that floundered against the 49ers.
From a regular-season perspective, Sunday was the low moment of the Sean McVay era in Los Angeles. The Rams’ offense -- once the envy of the league -- was held to just 157 yards in a humbling 20-7 loss to the undefeated 49ers at the Coliseum. Jared Goff put up the type of numbers that would have looked bad even during his Jeff Fisher days (13-of-24 passing for 78 yards), his job made infinitely more difficult by an offensive line that has gone from team strength to liability seemingly overnight. And while it would be grossly premature to declare the Rams out of the NFC West race, the fact of the matter is, they’re now three games back, with a head-to-head loss to division-leading San Francisco on their ledger. McVay has been hailed as a young genius -- can he use those brains to fix a broken offense before it’s too late?
With three consecutive losses, this team is reeling. The offense just doesn’t have the same scoring ability as it did in the past. Jared Goff looks off.
Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Eisenberg summed up Sunday’s game from the Los Angeles Coliseum very well: Jared Goff is a problem, but that starts with a struggling offensive line. Pro Football Focus has Goff with 99 passing attempts under pressure this season. No other quarterback has more than 86. If the Rams can’t protect Goff — who is clearly good at best but definitely not great, despite his contract — then this won’t get any better.
Pro Football Talk: 12th (7th)
The Rams paid Todd Gurley a year too early; did they pay Jared Goff a year too early, too?
Since end of 2018 regular season, Jared Goff hasn’t thrown more than two TDs in a game, and his passer rating has exceeded 85 just once.
The first three game losing streak of the Sean McVay era prompted questions about Jared Goff’s disappearing act (13-of-24, 78 yards on Sunday) and dropped the Rams to third in the NFC West. A struggling Falcons team may be the perfect antidote.
The Athletic: 16th (8th)
These aren’t your 2018 Rams. Three straight losses for Sean McVay’s team, including two in a row to division foes. The Rams’ next two games are against 1-5 Atlanta and 0-6 Cincinnati, which should help Sean McVay get his offense rolling again, but we’ve got serious concerns about the Rams’ long-term fate if they don’t start getting better play from Jared Goff and the offensive line soon.