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NFL Power Rankings Roundup: Ravens fall out of the top 10

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The Ravens’ loss to the Titans on Sunday raised some major concerns. It marked the first time the Ravens lost back-to-back games this season. They still have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL, but we are continuing to see a troubling trend against other contending teams. In both their losses to the Steelers and Titans, the Ravens were leading in the fourth quarter. If the Ravens expect to contend for a Super Bowl, they will need to close out games in the postseason. The power rankings have reflected those concerns, as the Ravens have fell out of the top ten in four out of the five power rankings on this list.

ESPN placed them at number 11. They were optimistic about their postseason chances due to their remaining schedule.

After a Thanksgiving night game in Pittsburgh, the banged-up and reeling Ravens get a much-needed reprieve with the easiest remaining schedule in the NFL. Baltimore’s last five opponents have a combined 16-33-1 record (.333). The Ravens don’t look much like a playoff team right now after losing three of their past four games. But Baltimore should reach the postseason for a third straight season by taking care of the Cowboys (3-7), Jaguars (1-9), Giants (3-7) and Bengals (2-7-1). — Jamison Hensley

CBS Sports put them at number 12.

If the playoffs started today, they would be out. Now they face a tough turnaround with a road game against the Steelers on Thursday night. They don’t throw it well enough.

Sports Illustrated was the only outlet to keep the Ravens in the top ten. They ranked them seventh overall.

It was an uncharacteristic collapse by the defense against Tennessee, but also a characteristic underperformance (as far as 2020 goes) in the red zone by the offense (four trips, three of them goal-to-go, but only 17 points). It feels like the sky is falling in Baltimore—and that feeling will be exacerbated if they lose on Thanksgiving night in Pittsburgh. But the defense is elite when it’s at full strength. And while the offense won’t reach last year’s levels, it has answers and it really isn’t that far away from clicking (especially if the red-zone performance normalizes). But, best of all for the Ravens, even if they fall to 6–5 they still have a relatively easy path to 11–5 (home against Cowboys, Jaguars and Giants, road against Joe Burrow-less Bengals and a Browns team that they’ve blown out in two straight).

Yahoo moved them down to number 13. Marquise Brown’s disappearance was cited as a concern.

One big problem with the Ravens offense is Marquise Brown’s disappearance. Over the last four games, Brown has six catches for 55 yards on 17 targets. He was shut out on Sunday. He’s the Ravens’ best playmaker outside of Lamar Jackson, and they have not been able to get him the ball.

Finally, placed them at number 12.

The Ravens had another chance to entrench themselves as an AFC power player in Week 11, but instead came away looking like a pretender. On Sunday, they suffered the indignity of watching the Titans — the same team that ruined their fairytale season in 2019 — celebrate a walk-off 29-yard scoring run by Derrick Henry in overtime. Baltimore outplayed Tennessee for much of the game, but a touchdown by A.J. Brown late in the fourth quarter — on a third-down play in which Brown ran through four would-be Ravens tacklers on his way to the end zone — said a lot about the current state of Ravens football. “It looked like that team wanted it more than us,” Lamar Jackson said. The man’s got a point.

As for the rest of the AFC North, the Steelers were given the number one spot in two rankings this week (ESPN, CBS Sports), and the Browns actually surpassed the Ravens in two rankings (CBS Sports, Yahoo). After losing Joe Burrow to a season-ending injury, the Bengals dropped significantly. Four outlets (ESPN, CBS Sports, Yahoo, ranked the Bengals 30th, while Sports Illustrated ranked them 31st.