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:
- Average ranking: 3.6 (3rd)
- Best ranking: 2nd (USA Today)
- Worst ranking: 7th (NFL.com)
Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the Rams in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.
ESPN -- Rank: 3
The 5-1 Rams won in convincing fashion over the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers. They won "ugly," as some players described it, against the Colts and Seahawks. And they flat-out failed to show up in an embarrassing loss to the undefeated Cardinals -- a team the Rams had previously defeated in eight consecutive meetings. So, although the Rams' record is among the best in the NFL, it's far too early to crown them Super Bowl champions, which is reflected in a modest climb from 8 to 8.4 through six games. The key to a bigger jump in confidence? Consistency in all three phases, regardless of opponent. -- Lindsey Thiry
NFL.com -- Rank: 7
Not enough is being made of Cooper Kupp's fantastic season. The fifth-year wide receiver quickly established himself as an important part of L.A.'s attack after coming into the league as a third-round pick out of Eastern Washington in 2017, but Kupp has made the leap from difference-making starter to superstar in his first season with Matthew Stafford. Kupp went off for nine catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns in a blowout win over the Giants, which led to a mind-boggling stat getting passed around Twitter on Sunday night. In the last 35 years, only two players have had 600-plus yards and at least seven touchdowns through six weeks: Randy Moss ... and Cooper Kupp. Whoa.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 3
They looked dominant on the road against the Giants. The Giants aren't a good team, but the way they did it shows how impressive this team cam be. Matt Stafford is off to a nice start.
USA Today -- Rank: 2
WR Cooper Kupp appears headed for a career year, leading the league in targets (68) -- the only NFL player with at least 10 in every game -- receptions (46) and TD grabs (7).
The Athletic -- Rank: 3
Rookie Heat Check: Well, there's not much to say about the Rams' rookie class. L.A. is deep at wide receiver, so second-round pick Tutu Atwell has yet to record a catch and has been most impactful in the return game. Linebacker Ernest Jones, picked 103rd overall, has four tackles. Running back Jake Funk is out with a torn hamstring. We're only through a third of the season, but Los Angeles would surely like to see more meaningful contributions from its first-year players.
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