Sep 8, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) celebrates after running in to the end zone for a two point conversion against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis defeated Arizona 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Rams Power Rankings Round-Up: Week 2

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Sep 8, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) celebrates after running in to the end zone for a two point conversion against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis defeated Arizona 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 8, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) celebrates after running in to the end zone for a two point conversion against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis defeated Arizona 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

 

In the past, this opening week for the St. Louis Rams has done nothing but confirm the “doubters” and push those on the fence about the squad towards the dark side. However, it isn’t just the Rams that typically see a drastic power ranking shift, with the biggest changes of the season following the Week 1 wins and losses. With the Rams winning their opener for the first time since 2006, that should send them skyrocketing up the board… right?

CBS Sports: 14th (Last Week: 17th)

They battled back from 14 down to beat the Cardinals, which is impressive. The passing game looked much improved over a year ago.

 

Fox Sports: 15th (Last Week: 14th)

The Rams may have the fastest defense in the entire NFL and the speed-rushing tandem of Chris Long and Robert Quinn are going to cause fits for offensive lines all season.

 

NFL.com: 16th (Last Week: 17th)

Nice comeback at home for these pesky Rams, who are now 1-0 in the NFC West after going 4-1-1 in the division last year. Kicker Greg Zuerlein delivered this sucker, making his shots from 36, 25, 38 and 48 yards out, that last kick going for the win.

Not interested in a kicker? Fine; consider end Robert Quinn, who had three sacks and two forced fumbles. He should be huge for this Ram defense. That said, Jeff Fisher’s group will be playing some close games, and having a kicker like Zuerlein could be the difference between making the playoffs or going 7-9.

 

Bleacher Report: 13th (Last Week: 14th)

The St. Louis Rams needed a field goal with under one minute left to beat the Arizona Cardinals. That doesn’t change the fact that they won the ballgame.

Robert Quinn was amazing against the Cardinals offensive line, notching three sacks against left tackle Levi Brown in the victory. Chris Long wasn’t able to make an impact off the other edge, but Quinn was a one-man wrecking crew for the defense.

The offense went from flashy to pedestrian, something we can expect as Sam Bradford acclimates and the young receivers jell. Better play should be expected from Jake Long at left tackle, though.

 

ESPN: 15th (Last Week: 15th)

Jared Cook didn’t catch a pass without fumbling it until inside the second-quarter two-minute warning. However, he caught his last six targets for 94 yards and two TDs.

 

SB Nation: 18th (Last Week: 19th)

Good thing someone on the St. Louis sideline decided covering Larry Fitzgerald a cushy zone was a bad idea. Carson Palmer and Fitzgerald took advantage of the Rams’ celebrated defense for 80 yards and a touchdown, and it almost cost St. Louis its NFC Cinderella status.

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