Rams finish No. 22 in Power Rankings

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams had been on a steady climb to the middle of the pack in the ESPN NFL Power Rankings, realizing the biggest jump on the list after their road win against the Seattle Seahawks.

But, as the Rams seem to consistently do, they found a way to give back a lot of what they built only a week later by losing to the San Francisco 49ers in overtime last week. The Rams dropped five spots this week to finish the 2015 regular season at No. 22 in the ESPN NFL Power Rankings.

The Rams' latest loss dropped them to 7-9 on the season, which gave them their ninth consecutive losing season. That's the longest active streak in the NFL. It's also their 12th straight non-winning season. The Rams finished behind four other 7-9 teams, including Oakland (No. 16), Philadelphia (No. 18), New Orleans (No. 19) and Detroit (No. 20). The Rams beat the Lions in December. They even managed to finish behind the 6-10 Miami Dolphins, who undoubtedly got a late surge from knocking off New England in week 17.

One interesting note as we usually point out, the Rams' propensity for beating teams that are favored to beat them and then losing to teams that they are favored to beat: in 2015, the Rams knocked off No. 3 Seattle twice and No. 4 Arizona but lost to No. 29 San Francisco, No. 26 Baltimore and No. 25 Chicago.

Sounds like the recipe for mediocrity and plenty of frustration.