Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Baltimore Ravens Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Baltimore Ravens rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 1.8 (2nd)
  • Best ranking: 1st (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 3rd (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Ravens in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 2

What we learned: John Harbaugh remains the fourth-down king. Harbaugh embraced an aggressive approach last season, even though a pair of fourth-down failures factored into the Ravens' playoff loss against the Titans. Unsurprisingly, that did not change his overall philosophy. With the Ravens leading 30-16 and facing a fourth-and-1 from their own 36 in the fourth quarter, Harbaugh sent Lamar Jackson and the offense back on to the field. As CBS' Trent Green explained, when Jackson put Willie Snead in motion twice, the defense likely thought he was just trying to draw them offsides. But Jackson eventually got the ball and picked up a first down with a QB sneak. This is a smart tactic that should be in every team's repertoire. If the defense jumps offsides, great. If not, you have them off-balance for whatever play you run. Jackson's conversion allowed the Ravens to kill nearly three more minutes of clock and kick a field goal in their decisive win over the Texans.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 3

They rolled over the Texans, dominating on both sides of the ball. Now they get that chance they didn't get in the playoffs last year to take on the Chiefs. Too bad it won't mean as much.

USA Today -- Rank: 1

They've won 14 consecutive regular-season games -- their last five by at least 16 points -- and this year's dominant 2-0 start comes with an average margin of victory of 24.5 points. QB Lamar Jackson has 29 TD passes and one INT over his past 10 regular-season appearances.

ESPN -- Rank: 2

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: RB Gus Edwards

All of the fantasy focus on the Ravens' backfield has centered on Mark Ingram II and J.K. Dobbins. But Edwards has outgained them in the first two games, producing 90 yards rushing and averaging 6.4 yards per carry. What limits Edwards as a consistent fantasy option is his lack of touches in the red zone. -- Jamison Hensley -- Rank: 1

The Ravens are unfair right now. The running game returned to its dominant ways against the Texans, piling up 230 yards, including the game-icing 30-yard direct-snap Mark Ingram touchdown on fourth-and-1. The design and execution -- in that spot of the game -- tells you everything you need to know about this team and the confidence it's playing with. The passing game was deadly, as well, as Lamar Jackson connected on 75 percent of his passes to nine different targets. Did I mention the defense smothered Deshaun Watson and had a score of its own? That January playoff loss to the Titans is ancient history. This is the best, most complete team in the NFL right now.

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