2019 NFL Power Rankings Summary - Week 13
|Average ranking (# of rankings)||15.25 (8)|
|Average change from last week||-2.50|
|Highest ranking (source)||12th (ESPN)|
|Lowest ranking (source)||17th (The Athletic)|
|Biggest positive change (source)||0 (SI's MMQB)|
|Biggest negative change (source)||-4 (multiple sources)|
What they’re thankful for: DT Aaron Donald.
Through the ups and downs this season, Donald continues to earn every dime of his six-year, $135 million extension. Sure, Donald has only eight sacks (not quite on pace for the 20.5 sacks a season ago), but he is drawing double-teams -- and even triple-teams -- while his teammates continue to benefit from his presence.
The Super Bowl window has slammed shut as quickly as it opened. It can happen fast in the NFL, and the Rams looked nothing like contenders in an embarrassing 45-6 loss to the Ravens on Monday Night Football. In 2017 and ‘18, Sean McVay was the architect of an offensive attack that was the envy of the league. Against the Ravens, McVay could only watch as the Ravens reminded the world they yanked that torch away weeks ago. The Rams’ defense got six chances to stop Lamar Jackson, and Jackson led the Ravens to touchdowns on all six drives. A year ago, Goff went pass for pass with future MVP Patrick Mahomes in a Monday night classic. Facing another likely MVP on Monday, Goff was outclassed. How have things gone south so quickly in Los Angeles? The Rams will have plenty of time to unpack that mystery immediately following Week 17.
They aren’t going back to the playoffs. It’s been one of those Super Bowl hangover seasons.
Whoa. Lamar Jackson is fantastic, but that was absolutely awful by the Rams. Was this really the team that looked so good the past two seasons and made a Super Bowl? Everything about the Rams needs to be questioned. Is Sean McVay as good as we thought? Is Jared Goff worth half of his contract? Can the Rams even spin this back around after trading picks and spending so much on Goff and Todd Gurley? That’s the kind of loss that makes you wonder if the Rams’ window is closed already. It was that bad.
Maybe they won’t make it to the playoffs after all.
Did they simply run into a buzzsaw Monday night, or has L.A. really fallen off this much in less than a year? The answer is probably ... yes.
Lamar Jackson and the Ravens handed the Rams their worst loss at the Coliseum on Monday night. Aaron Donald was rendered completely ineffective by the Baltimore double-team, and by the time the third quarter (and Jackson’s fifth touchdown) rolled around, the D wasn’t moving much. At this point, L.A. is on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs.
It’s stunning to think that almost exactly a year ago, the Rams were the league’s most exciting offense. On Monday night, they looked like one of the dullest, the rapid fall all the more shocking when compared directly to the Ravens with Lamar Jackson. It was also disappointing to see the Rams’ defense, especially Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey and Eric Weddle, put up such a lackluster performance against the Ravens. (That trade for Ramsey should have paid off in games like this; instead the Ravens look like the smart ones for adding Marcus Peters at a far lower price.)