November 2, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein (4) and punter Johnny Hekker (6) celebrate after scoring the game-winning field goal during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi
In the past, the St. Louis Rams have not fared well in the Power Rankings, regularly dwelling in Bottom 10, despite their schedule, their handful of impressive wins, and overall performance in those games. After nearly breaking into the Top 20 after a win over the Seattle Seahawks, the Rams took some steps back after getting blown out on the road in Kansas City. However, after beating their second “NFC favorite” in three weeks, will the Rams see any love in the rankings?
"St. Louis scored its first win in San Francisco since 2007 and held the 49ers to 10 points. The Rams sacked Colin Kaepernick a career-high eight times."
"Head coach Jeff Fisher is making a case to keep his job by winning key ball games despite losing his starting quarterback before the season. Credit the pass rush, which has come alive in recent weeks — they racked up eight sacks against the 49ers."
"The Rams did nothing offensively on Sunday; fortunately, the defense stepped up and won the day. The most interesting note to come out of Week 9: The Rams’ 193 yards of total offense represented the lowest total of any winning team in 2014. #funfacts"
"The St. Louis Rams entered Week 9 with two wins, a banged-up roster and a game against the San Francisco 49ers on the docket. Few in the NFL gave the Rams a chance to win this game, even though Jeff Fisher has historically coached well against the NFC West’s best teams. Maybe that should have raised more red flags.The Rams fought, clawed and slugged out a 13-10 win over the 49ers by pressuring quarterback Colin Kaepernick, bottling up the run game and holding the line in the trenches when it mattered most. With eight sacks on the day, it was the front seven on defense leading the way to a win that will reverberate through the NFC West.The Rams aren’t likely to win out and contend for a playoff spot, but that won’t keep them from putting up a fight against San Francisco and Seattle along the way. And in doing so, they just might save Jeff Fisher’s job."
At the very least, it seems as though the St. Louis Rams have made up the ground they lost in their embarrassing defeat last weekend. Considering the injuries to key positions (quarterback, left tackle, cornerback, wide receiver, etc.) and the brutal schedule the St. Louis Rams have played thus far, encroaching on the Top 20 is not the worst spot imaginable. Moreover, the Rams are getting at least some national respect, all while maintaining their Top 10 spot in the 2015 NFL Draft. Call it the best of both worlds…