2020 NFL Power Rankings: Los Angeles Rams
Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.
Here is where the Los Angeles Rams rank in terms of average, best and worst:
- Average ranking: 9.4 (9th)
- Best ranking: 8th (ESPN)
- Worst ranking: 12th (CBS Sports)
Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Rams in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The Athletic -- Rank: 9
What we learned: They can score in a hurry. Buffalo provided the Rams with their biggest test of the early season. Los Angeles lost for the first time, but Sean McVay has to feel good about the way his team battled back from a 28-3 deficit to take a fourth-quarter lead. The Rams scored touchdowns on four straight possessions at one point in the second half, with Jared Goff connecting time and again with Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. Los Angeles got a bad break on a pass interference call late, but it also got a favorable break earlier on an interception. The defense has corrections to make, but the offense is firing on all cylinders. Through three weeks, the Rams rank second in EPA per snap on offense. With matchups against the Giants and Washington the next two weeks, they have to be pleased with where they are.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 12
They showed some real fight in coming back from 28-3 down on the road against the Bills. That says a lot about this group. Jared Goff is playing well.
USA Today -- Rank: 9
Amazing what this offense has become post-Gurley. L.A. is running more often than any other team, yet QB Jared Goff paces league with 13.7 yards per completion. Balance is a good thing.
ESPN -- Rank: 8
What we got wrong: The run game would suffer without Todd Gurley II.
There was plenty of uncertainty about how the Rams' offense, more specifically the backfield, would perform without Gurley, who was the focal point of the unit over the previous five seasons. The Rams turned to a committee approach with running backs Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson Jr. and Malcolm Brown, and through three weeks, it should be considered a resounding success. After three games, the Rams rank second with 511 total rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. -- Lindsey Thiry
NFL.com -- Rank: 9
Stomach-punch loss. The Rams trailed the Bills 28-3 in the third quarter, pulled ahead 32-28 with less than five minutes to play, only to allow a game-winning touchdown pass by Josh Allen with 15 seconds remaining. They went from nearly pulling off the greatest comeback in franchise history to heartbreak, with the added frustration of a questionable PI call on Darious Williams that wiped out a fourth-down stop on the play prior to Allen's game-winning toss. Frustrating, for sure, but let's not lose sight of what L.A. could control on that fateful drive. The Rams had the Bills facing a third-and-22 from their own 31 (22-yard gain to Cole Beasley on the ensuing play) and third-and-25 from the Rams' 30 (17-yard gain to Stefon Diggs) that preceded the pass interference call on fourth-and-8. Allowing those two big gains put Los Angeles in position to get burned -- and that's exactly what happened.
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