After the Week 13 win over the San Francisco 49ers, the St. Louis finally got a little respect in the power rankings, climbing as his as 14th on a number of sites. The Rams also garnered some love from around the league during the weekly picks, with a majority of writers, bloggers, and analyst taking St. Louis to win no the road in Buffalo. For once, the Rams did not butcher that trust, taking the W over the Bills with a 4th quarter drive to put the Blue and Gold up 15-12 in the waning moments of the game. So, how will that reflect in this week’s round of rankings?
ESPN: 17th (+2)
A victory over Minnesota would give the Rams their first winning record this late in the season since 2003. (Sando)
NFL.com: 16th (+1)
We mentioned two weeks ago in this space that the St. Louis Rams (then 4-6-1) could get right back in the playoff mix with wins over the 49ers, Bills and Vikings. Guess what? They’re almost there. The Bears’ loss in Minnesota was great news, as the Rams control their own destiny with the 7-6 Vikings this week, while two other 7-6 teams (Washington and Dallas) still have to play each other. I originally picked the Rams to win in Buffalo, but changed my mind at the last second. Intuition is a whimsical mistress.
CBS Sports: 18th (-1)
At 6-6-1, they have a three-game winning streak working. The Rams are building something for the future.
SB Nation: 19th
Keep those playoff hopes alive! Remember who was on the Rams bandwagon back in August!
USA Today: 18th (+1)
4-0-1 in the NFC West; 2-6 against everyone else.
Fox Sports: 17th
The Rams won their third in a row on Sunday with a 14-play, 84-yard touchdown drive that lasted 4:07 and left just 48 seconds on the clock. It was Sam Bradford’s third fourth-quarter comeback of the season.