Saturday, September 18, 2021

Baltimore Ravens Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 11.6 (11th)
  • Best ranking: 7th (
  • Worst ranking: 18th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Ravens in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

Top rookie: OLB Odafe Oweh

The first-round pick showed off his pursuit skills in getting his first career sack, which helped him answer some criticism. Oweh didn't have a sack in his final season at Penn State, causing some to wonder why he was selected in the first round. But Oweh recorded a sack in his first NFL game along with two quarterback hits. -- Jamison Hensley -- Rank: 7

For Baltimore, Monday night was history -- the bad kind. Since John Harbaugh's first season with the Ravens in 2008, the team had been 81-0 in games in which Baltimore led by at least 14 points. But Harbaugh's bunch couldn't hold that lead against the Raiders in a Monday nighter marred by pass-protection issues and Lamar Jackson's inability to protect the football in key situations. Jackson's fumble on a sack in overtime set up Derek Carr's game-winning, 31-yard touchdown pass to Zay Jones, dooming the Ravens to their first season-opening loss since 2015. The long plane ride back to Baltimore couldn't have been any easier knowing that Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are on tap Sunday night.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

Losing on the road on a Monday night isn't a disgrace, but now they get the Chiefs on a short week. The injuries are starting to become an issue.

USA Today -- Rank: 18

Their apparent defensive decay could be far more problematic than their depleted running back room after coughing up what should have been a Week 1 W.

The Athletic -- Rank: 12

Overreaction: That offensive line is going to be a problem. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was sacked three times (and hit seven) Monday night, and that was against a Raiders defensive line that isn't exactly loaded with elite pass rushers (especially after Yannick Ngakoue left in the game's second half with a hamstring injury). Alejandro Villanueva doesn't appear to be the answer at right tackle, but he was hardly alone in the Ravens' struggles up front. If Baltimore can't get this fixed soon, it could be a fatal flaw for a team that was expected to contend. -- Jones

Reality check: As decimated as they've been with injuries, the Ravens looked good at 14-0 before unraveling late. If Pittsburgh is playing well and Cleveland is almost beating the Chiefs, this is not a good division in which to take unnecessary losses. -- Auman

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