A weekly examination of the Rams' ESPN Power Ranking:
Preseason: 15 | Last Week: 26 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
The Rams' 34-20 victory against Jacksonville allows them to move back in the right direction in more than just the NFC West standings as they also move up a spot in this week's Power Rankings.
Based on the voting of the six-member panel, the Rams actually came close to jumping three spots up to No. 23. No voter ranked them lower than 25, and Ashley Fox, Mike Sando and Jamison Hensley had them at 23. Alas, they came up just a few points behind Buffalo and Oakland to move up even further.
In looking at how the Rams have actually performed, even in a win on Sunday, it's hard to place them any better than where they sit, and I wonder if perhaps they shouldn't be lower. But the teams that rank lower than the Rams (Carolina, Washington, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, the New York Giants and Jacksonville) have been more consistently awful than St. Louis.
For this week, No. 25 seems about right. But when the Rams play at Houston on Sunday, we'll get a better sense of whether they've truly made progress since their 35-11 loss to San Francisco in Week 4.