A weekly examination of the Rams' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 15 | Last Week: 25 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
With two wins in as many weeks, the Rams have at least righted the ship enough to get their record back to an even 3-3. Sunday's impressive 38-13 win at Houston also gave the Rams their biggest boost in this season's Power Rankings, jumping six spots.
The six-member voting panel was all over the place in their ranking of the Rams, with all but two members placing them in a different spot in his or her respective poll. Ashley Fox and Dan Graziano were the only two voting the Rams in lockstep, offering the lowest number at 22, but Jamison Hensley was quite a bit more bullish, bumping the Rams all the way to their original preseason spot at No. 15. Mike Sando (18), Kevin Seifert (21) and John Clayton (19) fell in the middle of their counterparts.
After the win against Jacksonville, the Rams moved up one spot and I wondered if that was legitimate given the competition. Though not as impressive as it might have sounded before the season, the convincing win on the road against Houston serves as a much better barometer for a solid move up the rankings. None of the teams ranked behind the Rams have a strong case to be above them, and the Rams could probably make the case to be above Cleveland or Philadelphia.
For now, No. 19 seems right. If the Rams can go on the road and win Sunday in Carolina, they could find themselves back to where they started the season or better.