A weekly examination of the Rams' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 15 | Last Week: 20 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
Another week, another blowout loss and the Rams receive their biggest drop in the rankings yet, falling six spots to No. 26 this week. The 35-11 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on the heels of a 31-7 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys gives the Rams consecutive 24-point losses and an understandable tumble in the poll.
The six-member voting panel had the Rams in quite a variety of places, with Mike Sando and Kevin Seifert dropping them all the way down to No. 28 but Dan Graziano offering a more optimistic approach in placing them at No. 19. Ashley Fox, Jamison Hensley and John Clayton each put the Rams within one spot of their actual ranking with Fox and Hensley voting them No. 25 and Clayton slotting them at No. 27.
Last week, I was a bit surprised when St. Louis dropped only three spots after a no-show in Dallas. Looking closer at it, I figured it was because so many teams behind them had the same or worse records and longer samples of poor performance. This week feels just about right in dropping the Rams to 26th though I probably would side with Sando and Seifert and put them closer to 28.
If there's any good news for the Rams, it's that they could get out of this reversal in ranking next week. Their next opponent is Jacksonville, which was again a unanimous choice for the 32nd and final spot.