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4-2, 1st in NFC West
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Power Rankings: Rams in unfamiliar territory

With another win, the Rams climbed into the top 10 for the first time since Week 10 of 2015. This marks the first time they've been ranked ninth or better since the end of the 2003 season.

ESPN Stats & Info

FPI not sold on Rams just yet

The Sean McVay era is off to a roaring start in Tinseltown, but ESPN's FPI suggests tempering expectations. Despite leading the NFL in points per game (29.8), the Rams have less than a 30 percent chance of reaching the postseason by the current metrics.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams' special teams contributed 17 Expected Points Added in Sunday's win over the Jaguars, the highest EPA total for any special teams unit in the last 10 years. The Rams got a kickoff return (by Pharoh Cooper) and a blocked punt (by Cory Littleton) for a touchdown. Greg Zuerlein made a 56-yard field goal, and Johnny Hekker pinned four punts inside the opponents' 20.

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On the road again, and the Rams don't mind

The Rams are 3-0 on the road this year, so a "home game" in London with preceding practices in Jacksonville isn't too much of a bad thing.

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Kid is overwhelmed to see Todd Gurley play (1:59)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams coach Sean McVay, asked what he still needs to see from Jared Goff: "You just want to see consistency, playing each play as its own entity. There were a couple times -- and I think he'd be the first to tell you this -- where whether it be in our play-action game, or some of the third downs, where he has to make better decisions with the football or go where the coverage dictates based on his progression. But what I will say -- and something you can't coach -- that's really impressive is that no matter what happens over the course of a game, he remains even-keeled."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean McVay was walking out of the Rams' facility at 10 pm on Thursday, six hours after practice ended, and saw Aaron Donald's car in the lot. He went into the D-line room and caught Donald watching film of how offensive linemen set on pass plays. "When you have the talent that also matches up with the motivation, the appreciation for the process, the preparation and the approach, you get special players like him," McVay said. "... You just walk away and say, 'I'm sure glad that guy's on my team.'"

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams TE Derek Carrier cleared the concussion protocol. Everybody else came out of Sunday's game fine. RB Lance Dunbar is also healthy and eligible to come off PUP, but the team can also delay that process by a week or two in order to preserve depth. Rams continue to be very fortunate on the injury front. The only real question is DB Lamarcus Joyner, who has missed the past three games with a bad hamstring.

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One big happy Ramily (3:00)
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The Rams' defense is starting to dominate

Giving up a 75-yard touchdown run right out of the gate stunned them, but the Rams recovered Sunday and continued a trend of stifling opponents.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams ILB Alec Ogletree, on the defense: "From Day One, I knew we could be a top defense. It's a matter of everybody getting the system down and keep playing, each and every week, and just getting better in practice. I feel like we've been doing that lately, and it's starting to show."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Connor Barwin, whose Rams will stay here until flying to London on Thursday: "I did not wanna stay in Jacksonville and have a loss. I can talk about it now. It would've been miserable staying in Jacksonville having a loss. It's so weird anyway, not getting on a plane. But it's really nice we got the win."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams DT Aaron Donald, on settling down after Leonard Fournette's 75-yard touchdown run on the Jaguars' first snap: "It's a long game. If you let that hurt you, and keep thinking about that, it'll be an even longer game."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams QB Jared Goff, on getting points from special teams: "It's just momentum, more than anything. The points are awesome, but you get that momentum, you get that feeling, you get that belief -- the belief that you're going to win. And it's a good feeling."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams coach Sean McVay, on the defense: "I think they continue to improve. When you look at well-coached teams ... those teams that get better as the season progresses are the ones that end up playing better. I think that's a representation of players that are receptive to coaching, and our coaches continue to hammer down the fundamentals, the techniques."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams LB Cory Littleton, who blocked the punt that led to the touchdown: "We came out with a mindset that out special teams was going to make big plays in the game."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams are 3-0 on the road and 1-2 at home this year. They've won two games in L.A. since they moved there. Todd Gurley, joking (I assume): "I don't even think we should play at home. We've gotten all the wins on the road. That's been a good thing for us."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams RB, and Georgia alum, Todd Gurley, on EverBank Field in Jacksonville, home to the Florida-Georgia rivalry: "This is my stadium right here. I've had one loss in this stadium, and a couple wins. Being able to play here brings back old memories."

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Rams ride their special teams, defense to victory (1:14)

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The Rams now have a 27% chance to reach the playoffs, up from 16% this morning, after beating the Jaguars today. That number does not include changes to FPI ratings based on today's performances.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

On a day when their offense struggled to move the ball against a tough defense, it was the Rams' defense and special teams that carried the day. Special teams accounted for 21 or 27 points, and the defense allowed just three points in the Jaguars' last 13 drives. Rams are at 4-2, matching last year's win total.

Team Stats

Passing Yards243.810th
Rushing Yards116.013th
Points For29.81st
Points Against23.020th

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