NFC West Power Rankings: Week 11

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Nov 22, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) celebrates his game winning field goal against the St. Louis Rams at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore Ravens defeated St. Louis Rams 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

4 – St. Louis Rams, 4-6 (Previous: 3)

Despite not having the worst record in the division, the Rams seem to be in the worst place. They used a different quarterback on Sunday, but it was more of the same. With fourth-year QB Case Keenum under center, the Rams struggled to get any sort of passing game together, and were unable to hold a late 13-3 lead against the Baltimore Ravens.

Keenum completed 12 of his 26 pass attempts for 136 yards and a touchdown, but fumbled with under a minute to go in the fourth quarter, which led to Baltimore’s game-winning field goal. In Keenum’s defense, he shouldn’t have been in the game at that point. Three plays earlier, his head was slammed into the turf, and he struggled to stand up afterwards. Under the NFL’s new “ATC spotter” rule, Keenum should have been out of the game after that.

Rookie running back Todd Gurley has come back down to Earth after a ridiculous four-game stretch. Against the  Ravens, Gurley was held under 100 yards rushing and under four yards per carry for the third straight game. The lack of a passing game has trickled into the rushing game, as defenses can now key in on Gurley.

The Rams’ defense allowed 299 passing yards to Joe Flacco, despite working with a makeshift group of receivers. They weren’t helped by a porous offense, because holding an opponent to 16 points should be enough to win on any given Sunday. Right now, it’s not for the Rams.

Next up for St. Louis, they head to Cincinnati for a matchup with the 8-2 Bengals, who have lost two in a row. Unless St. Louis can magically figure something out with the quarterback position, Cincinnati should be able to break their mini-skid this weekend.

Next: Number Three