The Baltimore Ravens dropped to 6-3 after a surprising 17-23 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday night. Subsequently, the Ravens dropped across the board in this week’s power rankings. Last week, four out of the five power rankings placed them at number three. This week, they fell out of the top five in four of the power rankings.
ESPN placed the Ravens at number five. They also stated that the Ravens made a mistake by not adding a proven number one wide receiver.
The Ravens needed to help out Lamar Jackson this offseason, as Arizona and Buffalo did with their young quarterbacks. The Cardinals got DeAndre Hopkins for Kyler Murray, and the Bills acquired Stefon Diggs for Josh Allen. The biggest veteran addition at wide receiver for Baltimore was Dez Bryant, who hadn’t played in three years. Jackson ranks 24th in passing yards (1,762) and 26th in completion rate (64%). — Jamison Hensley
CBS Sports dropped them down three spots to number six.
If they don’t get the passing game cranked up, they will have issues come playoff time. They can’t just be a running team. The defense has to pick it up as well.
Yahoo moved them down all the way to seventh overall.
I don’t want to drop the Ravens too far. They are still a capable team, and maybe if it wasn’t a downpour in New England, they’d have pulled out a win. But the offense is going to have to find some answers, and soon.
Maybe I shouldn’t give them a mulligan for playing in a driving rain storm without Brandon Williams and Calais Campbell in the lineup. But I’m gonna give them a mulligan.
On the other hand, NFL.com also placed the Ravens at number six, but they are concerned about the Ravens’ ability to play from behind.
The book is out on the Ravens. They are a very good — sometimes great — team that doesn’t know how to dig itself out of a hole. This is not a trait usually attached to a champion. Lamar Jackson fell to 0-6 (including playoffs) when trailing by 10 or more points at any point in a game, the position Baltimore found itself on Sunday night in rainy Foxborough. Playing without Calais Campbell and several other starters, the defense was run over, while the offense produced two quality touchdown drives and little else. Now three games behind the undefeated Steelers, the Ravens’ chances of repeating as division champions appear remote. More distressingly, they are one of six 6-3 teams in the AFC, which puts them in a dogfight for a playoff spot. Hold on tight.
Now, let’s take a quick look at the rest of the AFC North. The Steelers claimed the top spot in three out of five power rankings this week. The Browns saw very little movement after their 10-7 victory over the Texans. They were ranked 15th in four power rankings. Finally, the Bengals received an average ranking of 25.4.