2019 NFL Power Rankings Summary - Week 6
|Average ranking (# of rankings)||8.88 (8)|
|Average change from last week||-2.25|
|Highest ranking (source)||7th (multiple sources)|
|Lowest ranking (source)||15th (USA Today)|
|Biggest positive change (source)||-1 (multiple sources)|
|Biggest negative change (source)||-3 (multiple sources)|
Surprise fantasy player: Cooper Kupp, WR
Kupp, the Rams’ shifty and speedy slot receiver, is coming off season-ending ACL surgery, but that has not slowed him one bit. The third-year pro is the go-to target for quarterback Jared Goff. Kupp leads the team with 41 receptions on 63 targets. He has a team-high 505 receiving yards, and his five touchdowns are the most among a receiving corps that includes Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods.
Sometimes, the kicker just has to make a kick. On Thursday night, Greg Zuerlein didn’t, and so the entire vibe around the Rams will be different in the walk-up to Sunday’s huge game against the Niners. That’s football. Final outcome notwithstanding, the wild back-and-forth affair with the Seahawks featured positives for the Rams, who are still in good shape at 3-2. Jared Goff heated up after a slow start, Cooper Kupp continues to look better now than he did before his ACL injury, and Sean McVay made an obvious effort to get Todd Gurley involved from the start. Gurley had two touchdown runs, gained 57 total yards and lost a fumble in the red zone over 18 touches, his second-highest number of touches this season (after logging 19 in Week 2 against the Saints). Giving Gurley more work certainly gave the Rams some more balance on Thursday, but this was hardly a vintage display from the former All-Pro. Is that guy coming back?
The defense is becoming a major issue, especially the corners. They have to play better or they might end up watching this postseason.
Greg Zuerlein has made some huge kicks. He missed, it happens. If that kick is a little bit to the left, we’re praising the Rams for an enormous road win. There’s plenty of time for the Rams to dig out of this relatively minor NFC West hole they find themselves in. In a strange way, the performance in a loss was encouraging.
Pro Football Talk: 7th (5th)
Their ability to win a third straight division title hinges on their ability to beat the 49ers in L.A. on Sunday.
Aaron Donald has one sack. Todd Gurley isn’t among league’s top 15 rushers. Jared Goff isn’t among top 25 rated passers. Is this sustainable?
The Rams dropped their second game in five days, sealing their fate with a Jared Goff pick on the final drive. They can jump right back into the NFC West conversation with a win against the Niners this week.
The Athletic: 8th (5th)
The Rams had a long weekend to deal with Thursday’s heartbreaking loss to Seattle, and certainly spent that mini-bye week stewing about the missed opportunities from that 30-29 loss. So are the Rams in serious trouble after back-to-back losses? We still think the Rams have the potential to be a very good team, but right now they look like the third-best team in their division, and that’s going to make the next two months very interesting as the Rams are the ones having to do the chasing.