Friday, December 25, 2020

Baltimore Ravens Week 16 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: 6.6 (5th)
  • Best ranking: 5th (
  • Worst ranking: 9th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 16 roundup for the Ravens in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 6

Wish: For the Dolphins, Colts or Browns to stumble down the stretch. The Ravens are averaging over 40 points per game during their three-game winning streak. It'd be a mistake to overreact to a blowout win over the Jaguars, but it's not a stretch to say the Ravens are playing their best football of the year and the passing game is improving. Lamar Jackson has jumped up to 11th in QBR, one spot ahead of Kyler Murray and one spot behind Deshaun Watson. But if the season ended today, the Ravens would miss the playoffs. In all likelihood, they need to win their final two games against the Giants and Bengals and then get help from the teams ahead of them. If the Ravens find a way into the playoffs, they could be a tough first-round matchup.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 9

Here come the Ravens. The schedule is favorable and they will be a dangerous playoff team if they get in.

USA Today -- Rank: 6

Of all of QB Lamar Jackson's outrageous stats, how about this one -- he has 43 TD passes and zero INTs in red zone during his career.

ESPN -- Rank: 7

Most underrated star: FB Patrick Ricard

It sounds strange that a 303-pound player goes unnoticed, but Ricard often goes overlooked as part of the NFL's No. 1 rushing attack. Even after losing the league's best blocking tight end in Nick Boyle, Baltimore has continued to dominate when running the ball because of the lead blocking of Ricard, a defensive lineman at Maine who shifted to offense in the NFL. He puts so many linebackers and defensive linemen on their backs that quarterback Lamar Jackson calls Ricard "Pancake Pat." -- Jamison Hensley -- Rank: 5

After Week 14's epic prime-time win over the Browns, the Ravens could've used a bye. That wasn't possible, so they settled for the next best thing: a home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Lamar Jackson accounted for four more touchdowns (he's up to 10 in the past three games since returning from the COVID-19 list) and Baltimore took a 26-point lead into halftime before cruising to a 40-14 win. The Ravens have won three straight games and suddenly look like a major player in the AFC playoffs -- if they get there, of course. The Browns, Colts and Dolphins all also won on Sunday, keeping Baltimore locked into the eighth seed for the time being. Don't let them in, AFC. Consider this your warning.

Previous update: Baltimore Ravens Week 15 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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