2019 NFL Power Rankings Summary - Week 3
|Average ranking (# of rankings)||3.63 (8)|
|Average change from last week||0.63|
|Highest ranking (source)||2nd (Yahoo!)|
|Lowest ranking (source)||6th (USA Today)|
|Biggest positive change (source)||+3 (USA Today)|
|Biggest negative change (source)||-1 (NFL.com)|
Pleasant surprise: It has to be receiver Cooper Kupp. Ten months after Kupp underwent reconstructive knee surgery to repair a torn ACL, the third-year slot receiver has resumed his role as quarterback Jared Goff’s go-to receiver. In two games, Kupp has caught 12 passes for 166 yards. In a Week 2 win over the Saints, he took a 7-yard pass and turned it into a 66-yard catch-and-run.
Drew Brees’ thumb injury took a lot of juice out of Sunday’s NFC Championship Game rematch between New Orleans and Los Angeles, but don’t hate on the Rams if they don’t feel any less pleased about a convincing win. The offense remains out of sync when compared to the best times of the last two seasons under Sean McVay, but Sunday brought progress. The most impressive play? A gorgeous 57-yard rainbow from Jared Goff to Brandin Cooks to set up L.A.’s opening field goal. Cooper Kupp, meanwhile, has not skipped a beat following reconstructive knee surgery. He’s been Goff’s favorite receiver this season, leading the team with 19 targets. His 66-yard catch-and-run to the goal line showed speed and power that backs up the offseason reports that he’s more explosive now than he was before the ACL tear. The Rams are 2-0 and have yet to hit their stride. Good place to be.
At 2-0, the Rams have the look of a deep playoff team again. The defense appears much improved.
Seeing Cooper Kupp go for 120 yards was a great sign. He showed a lot of strength and explosion on a 66-yard catch-and-run that was just short of a touchdown. Coming off a torn ACL, it was fantastic to see Kupp look like he’s 100 percent.
It may not be sustainable, but 2-0 is still 2-0.
USA Today: 6th (9th)
They’ve actually been managing Todd Gurley longer than you think, the tailback exceeding 20 carries in just one of his past 11 games.
NFL 100 fun fact for the day: The Rams franchise began in Cleveland in 1937. It returns to its roots on Sunday.
We’re going to try not to think too much about what could have been for the Rams last year had Cooper Kupp not suffered a season-ending ACL injury, because now that Kupp is back, wow, we remember just how much of a difference he makes for quarterback Jared Goff and the entire Rams offense.