Finishing the season with a loss is a tough way to head off into the sunset, especially in terms of power rankings. Even with the Rams coming within a single score, and a couple of bad calls, from chopping the head off of the 50-point scoring monster, the St. Louis Rams received little love around the league. Most have the St. Louis Rams slotted somewhere in the middle tier of teams, suggesting a positive outlook on the future. Others, specifically SB Nation, unjustifiably drop the Rams into the lower tier of the league, despite the team winning four of their last six games, with two of those wins coming over teams currently in the playoffs. The final rankings could be bittersweet for the team, just look how the pre-season, 32nd ranked Indianapolis Colts used the lack of love for motivation (remember the shirts). Anyways, here is how the St. Louis Rams finished the season…
ESPN: 16th (+0)
Steven Jackson’s future is one key issue for the Rams this offseason. (Sando)
Sports Illustrated: 18th (+0)
The St. Louis Rams finished the 2012 campaign with much promise — and heart. Maybe we shouldn’t get all kittens and rainbows about a 7-8-1 record, but give these Rams some love. They hit Seattle ready to play on Sunday, losing on the final drive in the league’s loudest stadium. Just a few more pieces, Jeff.
SB Nation: 22nd (-5)
The Rams haven’t finished above .500 since 2003. So close.
CBS Sports: 17th (+0)
I like where they are heading. Jeff Fisher has some good, young talent to build around.
Fox Sports: 16th (+2)
Steven Jackson finished the season with 1,042 yards, his eighth consecutive 1,000-yard season.