After the LA Rams’ convincing win over the New England Patriots this past Thursday, they’ve moved up one spot in ESPN’s latest edition of their weekly power rankings to No. 6. They are currently one spot ahead of the 9-4 Seahawks and one slot behind the 10-3 Saints.
“Sean McVay took a risk when he hired unknown and unproven defensive coordinator Brandon Staley, who served three previous seasons in the NFL as an outside linebackers coach,” says Rams beat writer Lindsey Thiry. “McVay’s bet paid off, as Staley took over a good defense that included Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, maintained a base 3-4 scheme and added several wrinkles to make it great. The Rams rank second in efficiency and takeaways and have allowed an average of 18.9 points per game, which ranks third and has covered for some inconsistencies on offense and special teams. The defense has returned a takeaway for a touchdown in the past three games.”
With three games left, the Rams have a great opportunity to solidify themselves in the top 10. The Chiefs (No. 1) and Saints (No. 5) have a date this Sunday which means New Orleans could see themselves drop their fourth game while the Rams handle the New York Jets. With matching 10-4 records, the Rams could surely hope them in the rankings as the more complete team who also have more impressive wins on their resume.
Now for today’s links.
Bret Stuter wonders if Sam Darnold could end up with the Rams in the near future (Ramblin’ Fan)
The Rams are favored by a ton of points against the winless Jets (The Rams Wire)
Stu Jackson highlights what’s at stake for the Rams regarding the NFC playoff race (TheRams.com)
Listen to the latest comments from the podium (TheRams.com)
The NFL’s current playoff picture (Bleacher Report)
The Eagles will start Jalen Hurts at QB for the remainder of the season (ESPN)
Washington is optimistic that Alex Smith will play on Sunday (Pro Football Talk)
Roger Goodell says the NFL will not “hop the line” for the vaccine (ESPN)
Jason La Canfora gives his thoughts from Week 14 (CBS Sports)
Browns HC Kevin Stefanski is not interested in moral victories after MNF loss (NFL.com)