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2022 NFL Power Rankings: Los Angeles Rams

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 13 roundup for the Los Angeles Rams in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 30

Realistic expectation: Finding future contributors on this roster.

One of the few bright spots to the number of injuries the Rams have had this season is that the team is getting an extended look at the depth it has. At 3-8, the Rams' focus can be on figuring out whether some of these players can play a bigger role next season. Coach Sean McVay said Sunday that the evaluation has "got to occur," and as a result of those injuries, "guys are going to get some opportunities like you've seen each of the last couple weeks." That group could include running back Kyren Williams and the group of wide receivers behind the injured Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson II: Van Jefferson, Tutu Atwell, Ben Skowronek and Brandon Powell.

NFL.com -- Rank: 30

Sunday's game against the powerhouse Chiefs was supposed to be one of the showdowns of the year in the NFL, but the Rams' rapid descent to the bottom of the NFC standings rendered the result -- a 26-15 win by Kansas City -- something of an afterthought. The Rams played without quarterback Matthew Stafford, who's dealing with a neck strain that leaves his availability for the balance of the season in doubt. The big question is where Stafford fits into the future of a Rams team that suddenly finds itself in a very different place than when Stafford arrived as a "final piece" in 2021. Stay tuned.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 29

The offense is lifeless without all the stars, including Matt Stafford. This season is over. The Super Bowl hangover is real.

USA Today -- Rank: 30

Their 3-8 record equals the 1987 Giants for the worst 11-game start by a defending Super Bowl champion ... and some of those Giants were scabs used in a strike season. LA doesn't figure to rebound, either, with DT Aaron Donald (ankle) joining QB Matthew Stafford and WR Cooper Kupp among the wounded.

The Athletic -- Rank: 30

The Rams are down bad enough to merit the ceremonial No. 32 spot. But even with Matthew Stafford's future uncertain, Allen Robinson out for the year and Aaron Donald now dealing with an ankle injury, they're not the team with the very worst vibes in the sport.

They are, however, perhaps the worst defending Super Bowl champion of all time. Their .273 winning percentage is the worst for any team in the season following their ultimate triumph. In fact, only seven of the 55 defending champions have had a losing record.

Worst defending Super Bowl champion records:
  • 2022 Los Angeles Rams (3-8)
  • 1982 San Francisco 49ers (3-6)
  • 1999 Denver Broncos (6-10)
  • 1987 New York Giants (6-9)
Given the notorious Super Bowl loser's curse and the resurgent play of the Bengals, perhaps this is evidence of the football gods' regret over certain flags thrown at the end of Super Bowl LVI.

The Ringer -- Rank: 30

To recap the Rams' day in Kansas City on Sunday: Sean McVay took a shoulder pad to the face; Aaron Donald suffered what is believed to be a high ankle sprain; and Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, and Allen Robinson II didn't play because of injuries. The end of the season can't come soon enough.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 29

We've heard a lot about how the Rams' offense has been surprisingly bad. The defense hasn't been great either. It ranks 16th in Football Outsiders' DVOA and a troubling 26th in passing defense. Jalen Ramsey was beat on a long touchdown by New Orleans' Chris Olave two weeks ago and was cooked by Travis Kelce for a TD on Sunday. If Aaron Donald misses time with an ankle injury, the defense might drop near the bottom of the league.

PFT -- Rank: 29

They have four more nationally-televised standalone games this year.

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