Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Baltimore Ravens Week 5 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 5 roundup for the Baltimore Ravens in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 7

Biggest issue on defense: Explosive runs

Over the past two weeks, the Ravens have allowed three runs of 20 yards or longer -- only the Broncos and Cowboys have given up more in that span. The problem has been setting the edge with young outside linebackers David Ojabo and Jeremiah Moon. This is uncharacteristic for Baltimore, which allowed the second-fewest runs of 20 yards or longer (38) over the previous five seasons. The Ravens still remain one of the best run defenses overall, ranking seventh in the league with 92.5 yards allowed per game this season. -- Jamison Hensley -- Rank: 8

Don't forget these guys. With a 3-1 record that includes two big divisional road wins, the Ravens are in great shape again following the shocking home loss to Indianapolis. The Ravens weren't about to let another backup QB beat them, with the Roquan Smith-led defense taking the wheel against the Deshaun Watson-less Browns. That unit allowed 166 yards on 65 plays, made 10 tackles for losses and forced three turnovers, absolutely stifling a Cleveland team that was supposed to have the league's best defense itself. Lamar Jackson and Co. were efficient against that good Browns D, and believe it or not, Jackson logged his first career game with multiple TD passes and runs. But the biggest offensive development was the reintroduction of tight end Mark Andrews (5/80/2) as the go-to guy after a slow start to the season.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 6

That was an impressive road victory over the Browns, even if it was against a rookie backup quarterback. The offense is getting there.

USA Today -- Rank: 8

The list of career accomplishments just continues to grow, Lamar Jackson's 13 games with 100+ rushing yards a record among quarterbacks. But Sunday was the first time he'd ever passed and run for multiple TDs in the same day.

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

Overcoming chaos has been the Ravens' secret this year. Despite seven starters out with injuries, head coach John Harbaugh won his 150th career game. Against a Browns defense that entered the week first in the league in yards per play allowed (3.2) and second in rushing yards per game allowed (52), the Ravens averaged 5.4 yards per play and rushed for 131 yards.

FOX -- Rank: 7

It's not like the Ravens got healthier last week; they had six starters inactive against the Browns. And sure, maybe they had a leg up going against a rookie quarterback. But that has nothing to do with Lamar Jackson's performance against a fantastic Cleveland defense. The Ravens drove the length of the field for touchdowns twice against the league's best unit, as they beat down a divisional rival on the road. Don't look now, but the Ravens have a fairly firm handle on the AFC North.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 8

Lamar Jackson put up a 142.5 passer rating and added two rushing touchdowns to his two passing touchdowns. He's still that dude. And it seems like he's getting more comfortable in a new offensive scheme. Baltimore is going to continue to improve as it gets healthier, too.

PFT -- Rank: 9

The new offense is coming along well, and Lamar Jackson could be an MVP candidate again.

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