Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 19 St. Louis Rams
By Nick Wagoner
A weekly examination of the Rams' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 15 | Last Week: 20 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
It took another double-digit home win, but the Rams finally got a slight bump in the rankings this week, moving up a spot after holding steady at No. 20 for the past three weeks. A 23-13 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was enough to earn the Rams a move as they edge closer to their preseason ranking of 15th.
The six-member voting panel came pretty close to a consensus with four voters placing the Rams at either No. 18 or 19. Dan Graziano had the Rams the lowest at No. 20, while Jamison Hensley thinks the most of the current edition of the team, jumping them all the way up to No. 16.
At 7-8, the Rams have matched their win total from a season ago and have a chance to finish 8-8 for their first .500 or better record since 2006. In looking at the teams around them, the Rams are ranked second among the four 7-8 teams with only Pittsburgh ahead of them. Green Bay also sits in front of the Rams with a 7-7-1 record. Looking at the big picture, it's hard to argue the Rams should be any higher or lower than this spot.
However, in looking at their résumé from a BCS-type of approach, the Rams have more impressive wins than the Steelers and Packers. Thoroughly convincing wins against New Orleans, Indianapolis and Chicago and another win against Arizona (though way back in Week 1) is a better quartet of victories than that of most teams in the league, let alone the ones directly in front of the Rams.