NFC West Power Rankings after Week 1

The Rams surprised us in Week 1, but just how good is this team?
Los Angeles Rams, Matthew Stafford
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2. Los Angeles Rams

These Los Angeles Rams proved they could be a threat even without Kupp. Stafford played brilliant football, throwing for 334 yards and playing turnover-free all afternoon. The Rams' receiving core was one of the big surprises around the NFL on Sunday, too, with rookie fifth-round pick Puka Nacua taking the stage and playing lights-out.

The rookie filled in exceptionally for Kupp, catching 10 of 15 targets for 119 yards. Tutu Atwell tied Nacua for a team-lead with receiving yards on six catches, himself, with a long of 44.

When the Rams got close to the end zone, it was all about the back field. Surprisingly, Kyren Williams received a healthy amount of snaps and was able to find pay dirt twice. Cam Akers rushed 22 times for just 29 yards but also scored a touchdown. At the very least, you could say that Sean McVay made sure to stay committed to the run game which helped Stafford continue to open up the offense.

Defensively, the Rams sacked Geno Smith twice but hit him seven times. They shut Seattle's offense down on third down, in particular, allowing them to go just 2-for-9 in that category. The defense was probably this team's biggest question mark, overall, and they stepped up. Next week, the Rams take on the 49ers in what will be a huge test.