Saturday, October 10, 2020

Baltimore Ravens Week 5 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: 3.8 (T-3rd)
  • Best ranking: 2nd (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 6th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 5 roundup for the Ravens in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 2

Marlon Humphrey gets my vote for most fun cornerback to watch right now. His go-to move is a 2020 version of the "Peanut Punch" where he jars the ball loose from unsuspecting ball-carriers. On Sunday, Humphrey switched things up and yanked the ball out instead, causing J.D. McKissic to fumble late in the first quarter. Despite the 31-17 final against Washington, this was far from a dominant performance. The Ravens' offense has not been as crisp or dynamic as a year ago, and Baltimore has the look of a team that's still trying to find itself. The ranking here indicates a belief that they'll continue to improve as the season goes on.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 6

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.

USA Today -- Rank: 4

Sunday provided further proof that P Sam Koch, the most accurate passer in recorded history, should be QB2 here ahead of Robert Griffin III.

ESPN -- Rank: 4

FPI chance to make playoffs: 96.1%

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 -- Rank: 3

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.

Previous update: Baltimore Ravens Week 4 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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