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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Los Angeles Rams

Throughout the 2021 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 14 roundup for the Rams in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 9

Player who must step up: WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Given the odd circumstances surrounding Beckham's release from the Browns -- which included a video his father shared of quarterback Baker Mayfield not throwing him the football -- the eighth-year wideout must prove that he not only still has big-play capabilities but that he can consistently contribute. Playing on a one-year, $1.25 deal that he signed last month, Beckham's productivity has gradually increased since his arrival in Los Angeles. In his second game with the Rams, he caught a 54-yard touchdown pass for his first receiving score in 10 games and on Sunday snagged a 1-yard touchdown pass, giving him TDs in back-to-back games for the first time since Week 16 and 17 of the 2019 season. -- Lindsey Thiry

NFL.com -- Rank: 8

Ah, if only the Rams could play the Jaguars every Sunday. Los Angeles rolled to a blowout win at Hollywood Park, snapping a three-game losing streak and putting themselves in a more positive headspace, with a Monday night showdown on tap against the first-place Cardinals. The star-laden defense will need to step up in the way it couldn't against the Packers, while the offense needs to find the consistency it had earlier this season. Near the top of the concern list: Will Matthew Stafford and Odell Beckham find chemistry in the home stretch? Beckham has two touchdowns in three games with Los Angeles, but he has yet to make a real impact.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 6

The Jaguars were the perfect team to get the Rams back on track. The Rams finally looked like the team we expected to see when they made all the big moves this season.

USA Today -- Rank: 8

Big game Monday night at Arizona, where the Rams haven't lost since 2014 -- when they were still based in St. Louis.

The Athletic -- Rank: 7

Best-case scenario: The Rams bounced back in a big way against Jacksonville to stop a three-game losing streak, fueled in part by running back Sony Michel's 121 yards on 24 carries. As the Rams try to catch Arizona and hold off San Francisco, their best-case scenario is to keep both Michel and Darrell Henderson healthy and available. Henderson has battled injuries all season, and was held out last week with a quad issue. Sean McVay said the Rams are better when both backs play, though Michel has shown he can handle the load. It also would be good if L.A. can avenge earlier losses to the Cardinals and 49ers.

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