The Baltimore Ravens bounced back this week with a 31-17 win over the Washington Football Team. However, that victory was not convincing enough for the power rankings. The Ravens actually dropped in two rankings, while maintaining their previous position in the other three.
ESPN dropped the Ravens down to number four.
It’s tempting to say this is too low for Baltimore. The Ravens have the second-easiest remaining schedule, according to FPI. Baltimore is favored by more than a touchdown in eight of its final 12 regular-season games. November presents the most difficult month, with games against the Steelers (twice), Colts, Patriots and Titans. But the Ravens have a favorable finish against the Jaguars, Giants and Bengals. It’s tough to discount the Ravens, especially with Lamar Jackson. He is 22-1 (.956) as an NFL starter in the regular season against teams not named the Kansas City Chiefs. — Jamison Hensley
CBS Sports kept them at number six.
They bounced back in nice fashion against Washington, but it wasn’t exactly a big-time test. Even so, you have to win those types of games and move on.
Oddly, Sports Illustrated moved them down to seventh overall.
The Ravens got right against their neighbors to the south on Sunday. And while it wasn’t the most impressive win, a lot of people chipped in.
Yahoo gave the Ravens their highest ranking this week by placing them at number two.
It turns out the Ravens still look good when they’re not playing the Chiefs. That dominant win over the Browns in Week 1 is aging well, too.
NFL.com was impressed by their bounce-back win against Washington and ranked them third overall.
Now that’s more like it. Six days after a humbling loss to the Chiefs in prime time, Lamar Jackson scored on a 50-yard run and threw two more touchdown passes to Mark Andrews in a 31-17 win over Washington. Baltimore looked nothing like the discombobulated unit that was lit up by Patrick Mahomes, jumping out to a 14-0 lead in a game in which Washington never seriously threatened. Marlon Humphrey celebrated his rich new contract with a forced fumble in the first quarter that set up the game’s first score. The Ravens lead the NFL in points off turnovers this season with 38. They get another favorable matchup this week against the Bengals.
The Steelers landed in three top-fives this week (CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated, NFL.com). The Browns rose across the board after their 49-38 win over the Cowboys. They were a unanimous top-15 selection, and CBS Sports even ranked them tenth overall. The Bengals also moved up following their first win of the season. Sports Illustrated and NFL.com both placed them at number 23, while CBS Sports and Yahoo both placed them at number 24.