Friday, January 1, 2021

Baltimore Ravens Week 17 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: 6.0 (5th)
  • Best ranking: 5th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 8th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Ravens in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 6

Yannick Ngakoue, edge: The Ravens could be facing the same decision we did: picking between Ngakoue and Matt Judon, who has six sacks and 21 QB hits. He is three years older than Ngakoue, who has eight sacks and 10 QB hits, but both are quality edge defenders and will be among the most-sought free agents if they hit the open market.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

They need one more victory to be in the playoffs. They will be dangerous come playoff time as they continue to improve.

USA Today -- Rank: 5

How hot are they? Baltimore can become first team in a quarter century to lead league in point differential in consecutive seasons.

ESPN -- Rank: 6

New Year's resolution: Get a No. 1 wide receiver

A proven No. 1 wide receiver for Lamar Jackson is the missing piece of the Ravens' high-scoring offense. Last offseason, the Cardinals traded for DeAndre Hopkins for quarterback Kyler Murray and the Bills acquired Stefon Diggs for QB Josh Allen. Baltimore has to get just as aggressive if it wants Jackson to take the next step as a passer. Marquise "Hollywood" Brown has been too inconsistent to be relied upon to be a No. 1 receiver, ranking 42nd in the NFL with 728 yards receiving. -- Jamison Hensley -- Rank: 5

The Ravens stayed scorching hot in a 27-13 win over the Giants that, combined with losses by the Browns and Colts, put Baltimore in control of its playoff destiny entering Sunday's regular-season finale against the Bengals. The Ravens have been a different team during the four-game winning streak that revitalized their season: In that stretch, Baltimore became the fourth team in the Super Bowl era to score 140-plus points and gain 900-plus rushing yards in a four-game span. They've beaten their opponents in that period by an average of 15.5 points. They look pretty much exactly like the 14-2 berserker team that rampaged its way to the AFC's No. 1 seed a year ago. This is not good news for the rest of the AFC.

Previous update: Baltimore Ravens Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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