While they mean absolutely nothing, power rankings are always fun to create and debate. ESPN released its preseason power rankings on August 17, and we may have finally found a power rankings that gives the Ravens some respect.
Bleacher Report released a power rankings earlier this week with the Ravens ranked 24th, but ESPN has the Ravens as 12. Here’s what ESPN had to say about the Ravens,
I could not be happier to see that there actually are humans who realize the Ravens weren’t as bad as its record showed last year. The Ravens lost nine one possession games. NINE! The Ravens had some of the worst luck in the NFL last season. There is no way that the Ravens lose that many close games, and have as much bad luck as it did last year again.
Oh yeah, and the Ravens had 20 players on injured reserve last year, and not just any 20. These players included starting quarterback Joe Flacco, starting running back Justin Forsett, top receiver Steve Smith Sr., and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. The fact that the Ravens won five games with that many key pieces injured is pretty impressive. Sweeping the Steelers, especially when starting the second string offense in the second game, was equally impressive and awesome.
The Ravens took advantage of having a bad season, by having a great draft. The Ravens used the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to grab an elite talent in Ronnie Stanley, and continued the draft by stockpiling young talent. The team has so much depth now, that seemingly every position has a competition of some kind.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is one the best coaches in the NFL, and he did one of his best jobs last year with a depleted team. With a healthy Ravens team, there is no way this team finishes as the 24th team in the NFL as Bleacher Report thinks that the Ravens will.