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Random Ramsdom: Rams drop slightly in latest power rankings

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The Rams fell in frustrating fashion to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday and their fall amongst various NFL power rankings comes as no surprise.

It was just two places — from 10th to 12 — but a fall is a fall.

NFL Nation and Rams beat writer Lindsey Thiry continue to focus on the team’s impressive defense as their biggest reason for optimism going forward.

The Rams’ D, led by two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald and All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey, is allowing an average of 19 points per game, which ranks third in the league. Under first-year coordinator Brandon Staley, the Rams have sharply improved their run and pass defense, allowing an average of 94.8 rushing yards and 197.1 passing yards per game, which together ranks them among the top four defenses. Donald, who is tied for first in the league with nine sacks, continues to command attention up front, while Ramsey has demonstrated versatility lining up on the outside, in the slot and as a hybrid linebacker.

The Rams will need every bit of the defense to step up in their upcoming games with the Seahawks, Cardinals, and Buccaneers.

Now for today’s links.

Rams News:

Sean McVay says that Henderson and Ramsey are doing just fine (TheRams.com)

Stu Jackson highlights the great timing of the Rams’ bye week (TheRams.com)

Sean McVay doesn’t anticipate making any trades prior to the deadline (The Rams Wire)

Bret Stuter wonders what else Cam Akers needs to do to earn more snaps (Ramblin’ Fan)

NFL News:

The Giants agreed with the call to throw a PI flag at the end of last night’s game (ESPN)

Raiders RT Trent Brown was released from the hospital (ESPN)

Tom Brady regained the all-time passing touchdown record from Drew Brees (Pro Football Talk)

Ryan Wilson published another 2021 mock draft (CBS Sports)

The NFL could opt for a 16-team postseason if more games are canceled due to the coronavirus (Pro Football Talk)

NFL Week 9 power rankings (Bleacher Report)