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NFL Power Rankings Week 16: ESPN Panel Keeps Rams Locked In At No. 31, Moves 49ers To No. 3

Experts from around the web are reacting to what took place during Week 15 in the NFL, and the five-man ESPN panel has fallen in line with every other site by keeping the St. Louis Rams at No. 31 overall. The team has been the lowest ranked team in the NFC for weeks now, and after the last-place Indianapolis Colts earned their first win in Week 15 only one game separates the Rams from the distinction of worst team in the NFL. Not the same intrigue a playoff push brings, but for those interested in the NFL Draft it is certainly something to watch. Here is what Mike Sando offered to explain the Rams' ranking:

31. St. Louis Rams (2-12, LW: 31) Kellen Clemens posted the Rams' highest single-game NFL passer rating of the season Sunday. (Sando)    

The rest of the NFC West breaks down like this: the San Francisco 49ers jumped up three spots to No. 3 after their impressive Monday Night win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, while the Seattle Seahawks rose five spots to No. 15 and the Arizona Cardinals slid up two slots to No. 17.

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