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Post-free agency power rankings from ESPN show Los Angeles Rams remain in top tier of NFL

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Despite last season ending on a sour note, the Rams are still one of the best teams in the league.

Los Angeles Rams HC Sean McVay and QB Jared Goff celebrate a 29-27 win over the Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Oct. 28, 2018.
Los Angeles Rams HC Sean McVay and QB Jared Goff celebrate a 29-27 win over the Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Oct. 28, 2018.
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A week ago, the Los Angeles Rams came in at #3 in NFL Media’s Elliot Harrison’s power rankings.

This week, ESPN’s got their take on where things sit for all 32 teams with the major moves of free agency complete, and ESPN has them slightly higher:

2. Los Angeles Rams

2018 record: 13-3

Three-words-or-less description: Final destination. For a third consecutive season, the Rams have attracted playmakers in the twilight of their careers. Safety Eric Weddle and linebacker Clay Matthews signed with the Rams for three reasons: Sean McVay’s coaching ability, the city of Los Angeles, but perhaps more than anything, a solid chance to go out as Super Bowl champions.

Since these power rankings were angled around free agency, the veteran angle gets played up.

I will note that ESPN has the New Orleans Saints as their #1 overall team.

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Perhaps we need to put them on a motherfuckin Waffle House fryin pan.

In any case, coming in at #2 is a strong reflection of just how good the Rams are even before we get to the 2019 NFL Draft.

And with a core inked beyond 2020 to include DT Aaron Donald, RB Todd Gurley, WR Brandin Cooks, WR Robert Woods, RT Rob Havenstein and P Johnny Hekker, I’d expect the power rankings to be an exercise in joy for Rams fans for years to come.