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Random Ramsdom: Rams see bump in power rankings after bye

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The Rams are coming off their well-timed by with aspirations to make some noise this week against the Seahawks while hoping a hot start to the final stretch of the season is enough to propel them into a playoff spot.

As of now, the team is still being viewed as a top-tier club. In ESPN’s Week 10 power rankings, the Rams actually went up a spot, despite not playing this week, going from No. 12 to No. 11.

“With their remaining strength of schedule rated as the fourth most difficult in the league, the Rams must come out of a Week 9 bye prepared to play their best football to earn a playoff berth,” says Rams beat writer Lindsey Thiry. “They’re healthy, their defense is rated among the best in the NFL in allowing an average of 19 points per game, and their offense has played outstanding at times. Entering the season, there was uncertainty and doubt how the Rams would respond from an offseason that saw more high-profile player departures than arrivals, but they’ve evolved to include more playmakers and the defense has sharply improved under first-year coordinator Brandon Staley.”

The Rams have shown to be one of the actual complete teams in the NFL. Their ceiling is as high as anybody else’s when you take in to account how the defense can keep games in control if the offense is struggling, and vice versa. The only thing the Rams need to do is find their groove which will allow them to play that type of football on a more consistent basis.

And now for today’s links.

Rams News:

J.B. Long reflects on the first half of the season and dishes out midseason awards (TheRams.com)

Listen to Sean McVay and players at the podium on Monday (TheRams.com)

McVay was certainly pleased with the NFC West going 0-3 on Sunday (The Rams Wire)

Bret Stuter discusses how A’Shawn Robinson is more than just a nose tackle (Ramblin’ Fan)

NFL News:

Week 10 power rankings (ESPN)

The Falcons waived DE Takk McKinley (ESPN)

Cowboys rookie CB Trevon Diggs broke his foot against the Steelers (ESPN)

The Colts say they haven’t lost confidence in Jonathan Taylor (Pro Football Talk)

Winners and Losers from Week 9 (CBS Sports)

More Week 10 Power Rankings (Bleacher Report)