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Random Ramsdom: Los Angeles Rams rank 2nd on ESPN Power Rankings

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ESPN Power Rankings have the undefeated Los Angeles Rams at number two after the week two slate. The Rams move up two spots on this particular list after defeating the Indianapolis Colts on the road 27-24.

Lindsey Thiry of ESPN remarks on Cooper Kupps two game start of over 200 yards combined receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Kupp is no stranger to fantasy rosters, but his production through two games has exceeded expectation. With quarterback Matthew Stafford, Kupp has produced back-to-back games of more than 100 receiving yards and already has three receiving touchdowns, as many as he had in all of 2020. Kupp has quickly become Stafford’s go-to target on explosive plays, and their relationship is only in its infancy, so it’s sure to grow as the season evolves. — Lindsey Thiry

The Rams offense certainly did display moments of dominance as they marched ninety yards down the field for a Stafford to Kupp touchdown on their first possession. But they also showed the ability to cope with adversity as they went down by three in the second half and bounced back to take the win.

This week we saw the previously top ranked Kansas City Chiefs take their first loss of the season to the Baltimore Ravens. ESPN has the Chiefs falling off their top spot to number three and the Baltimore Ravens up one spot to number nine.

The 2-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers take over the number one spot from the Chiefs on this particular list after grabbing their second win of the season against the New York Jets.

The top two teams as ranked by ESPN will collide in week three as the Buccaneers travel to meet the Rams at SoFi stadium. The last time these two teams met was in week 11 of last season and the Rams won that game 27-24. While the Buccaneers lineup has remained the same by design, the Rams roster has some substantial differences since the last meeting. The Rams will rely on quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Cooper Kupp to continue connecting to move the chains and putting points on the board. Could this be a preview of the NFC championship game? Given the rankings, ESPN would say it’s likely.

And now for today’s links:

RAMS NEWS:

First Look: Rams host defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers at SoFi Stadium in Week 3 (Rams.com)

Trailer for American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story released; movie in theaters Christmas Day (Rams.com)

Sean McVay: Tom Brady is playing as well as he ever has (RamsWire)

Sony Michel poised for bigger role, even if Darrell Henderson Jr. plays vs. Bucs (RamsWire)

NFL NEWS:

NFL Power Rankings, Week 3: Cardinals, Raiders rise; Seahawks slip (NFL.com)

Broncos DE Bradley Chubb (ankle) will undergo surgery (NFL.com)

Week 3 NFL Power Rankings 2021: 1-32 poll, plus every team’s most pleasant surprise fantasy player (ESPN)

Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Jones says necklace containing late father’s ashes is found after he lost it in end zone (ESPN)