Week 4 Power Rankings: Rams stumble and Cardinals fly


Another week has already come and gone in the 2015 NFL season which means another healthy serving of power rankings. This week saw some pretty exciting action from the NFC West. The Arizona Cardinals put on a clinic against division rival San Francisco 49ers, the Seattle Seahawks shut out the Chicago Bears and the St. Louis Rams let one slip away against Pittsburgh. Here’s what that means across the web in the top power rankings.

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ESPN: Ranked 19 (No change from Week 3)

The new commitment to the running game is M.I.A. in St. Louis. Through three weeks the Rams have posted an NFL worst 111 rushing yards. Even with rookie Todd Gurley’s debut on Sunday, which produced nine yards on six carries, the running back committee in St. Louis needs some serious help.

Division Rivals: Seattle 7, Arizona 2, San Francisco 28

Pete Prisco at CBS Sports: Ranked 28 (Last week: 27)

A bad offense is making a good defense look bad. Nick Foles and company continue to struggle moving the ball downfield which is resulting in a severe lack of scoring. A tough schedule ahead only adds insult to injury.

Division Rivals: Seattle 10, Arizona 3, San Francisco 22

FOX Sports: Ranked 21 (Last week: 17)

Much of the blame in St. Louis needs to land squarely on the offensive line. They have failed to create substantial running lanes or pass protect for Foles. Combine that with a lack of wide receiver production and you have a recipe for a losing season.

Division Rivals: Seattle 8, Arizona 4, San Francisco 27

Sep 27, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles (5) passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk: Ranked 17 (Last week: 16)

Perhaps this whole relocation thing is weighing more on the players than previously thought. Poor play in the last two weeks combined with poor attendance at the Edward Jones Dome surely has Stan Kroenke smiling ear-to-ear.

Division Rivals: Seattle 9, Arizona 4, San Francisco 27 

Frank Schwab at Yahoo Sports: Ranked 21 (Last week: 20)

Not much else to say other than what has already been said. The young, promising Rams let two winnable games slip away and just as quickly as they landed at 1-2 could have been leading the division at 3-0. But, hey, that’s why they play the games right. Games in Arizona and Green Bay in the next two weeks may decide this teams fate.

Division Rivals: Seattle 6, Arizona 5, San Francisco 28