Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Baltimore Ravens Week 9 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: 7.4 (7th)
  • Best ranking: 7th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 9th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 9 roundup for the Ravens in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 7

Biggest Achilles' heel: Tackling

Lamar Jackson can produce big plays, but he can't stop them. In Baltimore's two losses, the Ravens' pass defense has allowed 15 completions over 20 yards. It's not because receivers are getting behind the defense. It's the inability of Baltimore to get receivers on the ground. The Ravens' poor tackling has led to 1,200 yards allowed after the catch -- worst in the NFL. "Until we get that [tackling problem] fixed, we'll be a very mediocre defense," coach John Harbaugh said. -- Jamison Hensley -- Rank: 7

The Ravens hit their Week 8 bye as a quality team that has succeeded despite being ravaged by injuries. Their ability to keep their head above water goes back directly to their best and most important player. Lamar Jackson has been excellent through seven games -- you could make the case he's a better quarterback now than he was during his brilliant MVP season of 2019. Jackson has made obvious gains as a passer without losing any of the ground-game excellence that's been his trademark. The 24-year-old is currently on pace to throw for more than 4,700 yards and run for nearly 1,200. He's one of one, and the Ravens will remain in the mix as long as they can keep their QB upright.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 9

They come off their bye with a tough home game against the Vikings. The offense was just OK the two games before the bye, so they need to get it going.

USA Today -- Rank: 7

LB Malik Harrison's situation notwithstanding, pretty good bye week for Baltimore, which reclaimed first place in the AFC North.

The Athletic -- Rank: 7

How's the head coach? Jeff Zrebiec's "midseason" Ravens grades included several C's (and even one D) -- hardly the marks one would expect for a 5-2 team that's back atop the AFC North. It's all a nice reminder, though, of just how good Lamar Jackson has been and of what John Harbaugh can do with a flawed roster. No one will want to play this team over the final two months, which is par for the course.

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