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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:

Below you will find a Week 9 roundup for the Rams in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

Their offense had no answers for the Dolphins' different pressure looks. Jared Goff looked uncomfortable, the offensive line was confused, and the Rams turned the ball over four times. Los Angeles is trying to win with a strong defense and a mediocre offense. But that could be a rough formula to lean on, given how competitive the NFC West is. Sean McVay needs to find a way to get more consistency offensively if the Rams are going to make the postseason.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 15

The short week and long trip seemed to impact them against the Dolphins. They head to their bye with the bad taste of that Miami game lingering.

USA Today -- Rank: 16

They swept the NFC East portion of their schedule but are now in danger of getting swept by the AFC East ... but should be favored against Pats and Jets.

ESPN -- Rank: 12

Reason for optimism: The defense

The Rams' D, led by two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald and All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey, is allowing an average of 19 points per game, which ranks third in the league. Under first-year coordinator Brandon Staley, the Rams have sharply improved their run and pass defense, allowing an average of 94.8 rushing yards and 197.1 passing yards per game, which together ranks them among the top four defenses. Donald, who is tied for first in the league with nine sacks, continues to command attention up front, while Ramsey has demonstrated versatility lining up on the outside, in the slot and as a hybrid linebacker. -- Lindsey Thiry

NFL.com -- Rank: 12

I find it hard to believe Sean McVay went to sleep on Sunday night. There are frustrating losses, and then there are the games that can drive you close to insanity. I put the Rams' 28-17 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday in the second category. Los Angeles outgained Miami 471-145 in total yards, yet found themselves getting blown out in the second quarter due to turnovers and special teams meltdowns. The Dolphins' minus-326 total yards difference in the game was the third-lowest by a winning team since 2000. The Rams gained 23 more first downs than the Dolphins (31-8). And yet, the Dolphins and Tua Tagovailoa coasted to their third straight victory. Sometimes, football doesn't make sense.

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