The Ravens suffered a disappointing loss to the Chiefs on Monday night. The Chiefs were able to build up a 27-10 lead by halftime, and the Ravens never recovered. It was their first regular season loss since Week 4 of last season. As a result, they fell in several power rankings this week.
ESPN was the only outlet that did not move the Ravens down this week, as they remained in second. However, they did express some disappointment in Marquise Brown’s performance.
“Hollywood” hasn’t exactly struggled, leading the Ravens with 156 yards receiving through three games. But he hasn’t exploded as expected after fully recovering from foot surgery. Take away a 47-yard grab and Brown is averaging a pedestrian 9.9 yards per reception. He has to make more strides before establishing himself as a viable No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL. — Jamison Hensley
If they are to get to the Super Bowl, they have to throw it better. Lamar Jackson wasn’t good against the Chiefs.
Monday night was a frustrating one for the Ravens, who couldn’t find a rhythm on offense or get the Chiefs off the field on defense. Their weakness as a team has been coming back from behind, and while they did close a 27-10 halftime deficit to one score, missed opportunities from both QB Lamar Jackson and his offensive teammates prevented them from closing the gap—on the scoreboard, and with the defending champs.
After giving the Ravens the top spot, Yahoo moved them down to number two.
No, they’re not dropping far. Here’s why: I’d pick the Ravens to beat every other team in the NFL. The Chiefs are simply operating at a different level than everyone else right now, and proved that Monday night. The Bills, Packers, Seahawks, Steelers, whoever — they all would have gotten blasted on Monday night, too. The Ravens will be fine now that they won’t see the Chiefs anymore.
NFL.com placed them at number three.
A humbling loss for the Ravens, who were ambushed by Patrick Mahomes and saw their own MVP, Lamar Jackson, struggle on a huge prime-time stage in a 34-20 loss to the defending champion Chiefs. It’s a huge missed opportunity for the Ravens, who kicked away a chance to put themselves on the inside track for a first-round bye and the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a win in their own building. It will be an uphill climb to achieve that goal now, and you wonder what kind of scars a one-sided rout like this might leave behind. Said John Harbaugh after the game: “We got beat just about every way you could get beat.”
The Steelers were on the rise this week after their victory over the Texans. CBS Sports ranked them third overall, while ESPN placed them at number seven, which was their lowest ranking this week. Three outlets (ESPN, CBS Sports, SI) ranked the Browns 18th overall, and NFL.com gave them their highest ranking at number 15. Finally, the Bengals did not see any major movement after their tie with the Eagles.