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    Power Rankings: No. 24 St. Louis Rams

    September, 2, 2014
    By Nick Wagoner | ESPN.com

    EARTH CITY, Mo. -- It's that time of year again where the ESPN Power Rankings become a weekly staple.

    Earlier Tuesday, the first edition of the 2014 season's rankings came out with even more panelists weighing in this year. The St. Louis Rams checked in at No. 24 on the initial list, well behind the rest of the NFC West.

    When the Power Rankings last appeared, it was after May's NFL draft and the Rams received more love from the voters. At the time, the Rams were No. 18 on the list. By all accounts, the Rams received rave reviews for their draft and were sitting close to being right in the middle of the pack.

    So what's changed since then? Obviously, there's little doubt the Rams dropped those six spots in large part because of the loss of quarterback Sam Bradford to a season-ending ACL injury. Dropping them to 24 seems a bit extreme from my view considering they still want to be a team that wins with a strong running game and defense.

    Elsewhere in the division, Seattle keeps its spot at No. 1 with San Francisco at No. 4 and Arizona at No. 14.

    The good news is that any sort of polls or rankings don't have any effect on what the postseason will eventually look like. Even better, the time for speculating will soon be a thing of the past. After this week, these rankings can take into account meaningful football games and that's the best news of all.

  • #2
    Re: Power Rankings: No. 24 St. Louis Rams

    Thanks Mike. Below, expanding into the rest of the teams...


    2014 Power Rankings: Week 1

    _________________________________

    Rank / Team / Record / Trending
    _________________________________


    1 Seahawks 13-3 --------- ===


    2 Broncos 13-3 ------------ ===


    3 Patriots 12-4 ------------ + 1


    4 Ninnies 12-4 ------------- -1


    5 Saints 11-5 --------------- ===


    6 Packers 8-7-1 ------------ ===


    7 Eagles 10-6 --------------- +2


    8 Colts 11-5 ----------------- -1


    9 Bengals 11-5 ------------ +1


    10 Bears 8-8 --------------- +2


    11 Chargers 9-7 ----------- +5


    12 Ravens 8-8 ------------- +1


    13 Steelers 8-8 ------------ +4


    14 Cardinals 10-6 ---------- -6


    15 Panthers 12-4 ----------- -4


    16 Chiefs 11-5 --------------- -1


    17 Falcons 4-12 ------------- -3


    18 Lions 7-9 ----------------- +2


    19 Buccaneers 4-12 -------- +4


    20 Giants 7-9 ---------------- -1


    21 Jets 8-8 ------------------ ===


    22 Dolphins 8-8 ------------- +2


    23 Cowboys 8-8 ------------- -1


    24 RAMS 7-9 ----------------- -6

    Before Sam Bradford's Week 7 injury last year, only Peyton Manning and Matthew Stafford had better TD-Int differentials than Bradford (plus-10). Now, it's Shaun Hill's show in St. Louis.


    25 Redskins 3-13 ------------- +3


    26 Vikings 5-10-1 ------------- +3


    27 Texans 2-14 --------------- -1


    28 Titans 7-9 ------------------ -3


    29 Bills 6-10 -------------------- -2


    30 Browns 4-12 --------------- +2


    31 Jaguars 4-12 --------------- -1


    32 Raiders (-1) 4-12 ---------- -1


    ________________________________________________

    Biggest Jump: 5 = SD Chargers

    Biggest Drop: 6 = AZ Cardinals, STL Rams


    Source: ESPN.com/NFL; Sept. 2, 2014 p.m.

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    Last edited by RealRam; -09-02-2014, 04:22 PM. Reason: Format

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      Re: Power Rankings: No. 24 St. Louis Rams

      BTW, notice the rankings for Rams and Vikings even though we dropped and they moved up. I hope we'll be able to maintain that 'advantage on paper' over Minnesota on game 1.

      We need to be healthier than it seems we are now or that advantage may be paper thin. However, as LARAM0 pointed out in another thread, right now every team is suffering its own similar weaknesses in health and roster. Post preseason pains.

      Maybe we'll catch a break and get this first victory at home. What an incentive that would be.


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