My very first article here on Baltimore Beatdown was about CBS Sport's Pete Prisco compiling a list of the top quarterbacks in the NFL and where Joe Flacco stood. So, let us continue these kinds of rankings as we head one day closer to the beginning of training camp and the official end of all the offseason talk. In this edition, we talk about where the Baltimore Ravens as a team stand in Pat Kirwan's power rankings on The Real Football Network before the start of training camp. For the full audio of Kirwan's list click here http://realfootballnetwork.com/2016/06/24/1st-2016-power-rankings/.
Getting started, Kirwan ranked each team based on what category he felt each team deserved to be in. The categories were listed as such: teams that were in the top 10 get a 75% chance of making the playoffs, the next group of 6 equates to a 50% chance of making the playoffs. Teams that might surprise who get a 35% chance, and lastly, the bottom eight or "the long shots." Ironically, just like Flacco on Prisco's list, the Ravens fall at the #15 spot for Kirwan. The team is in the group of 6 category, and a 50% chance of making the playoffs.
Now unlike Prisco, Kirwan does not give a true explanation for any teams placement on this list, this is just his "first swing at the plate" as he says before he goes on his training camp tour and he will have a better full knowledge of where each team is after his tour. Kirwan is one of the best football minds out there for fans to listen to during the season & offseason, he knows the game very well after being a scout for the then Phoenix Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to go along with being a defensive assistant for The New York Jets. Some might say that Kirwan is another one of those "National media Raven haters", but trust me, he's no Skip Bayless. Not even close. I think he is spot on where the Ravens currently stand among the league. This is a team that has a lot of question marks going into the 2016 season with players retuning from injuries. After all, Baltimore is fielding a rookie left tackle and also huge question marks on the defensive side of the football.
The Ravens, I would say, are definitely in that next group of 6 category that could be a threat if they stay healthy and will be a viable postseason threat come November and December. The Ravens having a 50/50 chance of making it to January is a very fair assessment of the team as we head closer and closer to the start of the regular season. Not to mention they have a tough division to get by with The Cincinnati Bengals (a team they haven't beaten since 2013) and of course, The Pittsburgh Steelers, to go along with the rest of the AFC field that will have a lot of competition. As we all know though, we'll start to find out real soon come September.