Thanks to a big win on the road against the Oakland Raiders, the Los Angeles Rams remain near the top of the 2018 NFL Power Rankings Week 2.
The Los Angeles Rams knew they would be in for quite the challenge heading into their first game of the new season against the Oakland Raiders on the road, and it only seems fair to continue having them near the top of the 2018 NFL Power Rankings for Week 2 after the big win. From a potential standpoint, the Rams didn’t play their best football on offense for most of the first half, but when seeing how the team as a whole stepped up in the second half, that’s all that matters the most.
After a preseason that consisted of an Aaron Donald holdout along with Sean McVay making the decision to rest all of the starters on offense in the preseason, Los Angeles was one of those teams heading into Week 1 that nobody knew what to expect. While the Raiders were coming off a frustrating 2017 campaign that resulted in just six wins, many believe this team can return to the level of being a serious playoff contender under Jon Gruden, especially if he can elevate Derek Carr’s game to a whole new level.
Winning on the road in general is never an easy task, and seeing the Rams handle the pressure of dealing with a fired-up Raiders crowd for a majority of the game should have McVay feeling all sorts of confidence about the potential surrounding this team. Like most teams, Los Angeles still has plenty to work on before their next game in the home opener against the Arizona Cardinals, but for now, let’s see where the team stands in comparison to the others in the NFL Power Rankings for Week 2.