NFC West Power Rankings: Week Five

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2 – St. Louis Rams, 2-4 (Last week: 1)

Oct 11, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles (5) has the football knocked away under pressure from Green Bay Packers safety Chris Banjo (32) during the third quarter at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Rams made a big splash last week by beating the division-leading and formerly unbeaten Cardinals, but ran into the buzzsaw that is the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

St. Louis should be fairly encouraged, despite getting beat 24-10 in Wisconsin. The Rams forced quarterback Aaron Rodgers to throw his first interception at home since December of 2012, 586 pass attempts ago. They then picked Rodgers off again after that.

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  • Todd Gurley is proving that he’s just as good as advertised, as he ran for 159 yards on 30 attempts, giving him 305 yards over his last two games. He definitely looks like the real deal so far.

    But the positives from Sunday pretty much can stop there. Nick Foles looked completely overmatched, throwing four interceptions against the Packers, and completing only 11 of his 30 attempts. The Rams converted five of 18 third-down attempts. The defense forced three turnovers, but the Rams’ offense managed just a field goal from those free attempts.

    The Rams’ defense is good enough to win games. The Rams’ running game is good enough to wins. The Rams’ quarterback situation is not. Foles has looked downright incompetent throwing down the field, and his 6.8 yards per pass attempt this year are a far cry from the 9.1 he posted in 2013 to lead the NFL.

    Consistency is a word that the Rams need to learn as well. Against a much-improved Browns’ team this coming week, they’ll need to look it up fast.

    Next: Head of the Pack