Week 4 of the 2016 NFL season is now in the books, which saw the Baltimore Ravens lose a tough one at home against the Oakland Raiders. Week 4 featured the New England Patriots getting shut out at home for the first time since 1993 against the Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger going off for five touchdowns in a romp over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night. Also, teams led by new starting quarterbacks ,such as Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys and Sam Bradford of the Minnesota Vikings, just keep on rolling.
ESPN released their latest Power Rankings for Week 5, and as expected, the Ravens dropped down a bit after slowly moving up in the rankings throughout the first three weeks of the season. ESPN's panel of 80 writers, editors and TV personalities dropped the Ravens to #14 for this week. They stated,
"18: Can the Ravens avoid playing such close games? Since the start of the 2015 season, Baltimore has played 18 games decided by eight or fewer points, including all four games this season. The Ravens have come out on the winning end three of four times, but it's a slippery slope."
Once again the Denver Broncos are #1 after their dominant win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks moved up to #2 after a dominant win of their own against the New York Jets. The Steelers moved up to #3, while the Cincinnati Bengals took the Ravens spot at #10. The Patriots moved down to #4 with the return of Tom Brady coming up this Sunday afternoon in Cleveland.
Meanwhile, the Ravens will look to bounce back at home against a Washington Redskins team that is riding a two game winning streak with thrilling wins over the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.