Thursday, October 19, 2023

Baltimore Ravens Week 7 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 7 roundup for the Baltimore Ravens in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 9

Lesson learned: Roquan Smith is the defensive X factor.

After trading for Smith at midseason last year, the Ravens went from allowing 22.9 points per game to 14.7. This year, Smith's tackling and leadership have kept Baltimore among the stingiest defenses in the league despite four starters missing at least one game due to injury (CB Marlon Humphrey, S Marcus Williams and OLBs Odafe Oweh and David Ojabo). The Ravens have limited offenses to 15.2 points per game, which is one of the biggest reasons Baltimore is 4-2 and atop the AFC North. Smith has proved he deserves to be the league's highest-paid middle linebacker. -- Jamison Hensley -- Rank: 9

The Ravens were fortunate to get away with bogging down early in the red zone. On the surface, the offensive numbers were fine in the 24-16 win over Tennessee, with 360 yards (221 passing, 139 rushing), but Baltimore going 1-for-6 in red-zone conversions explains the close score. The Ravens ran 17 red-zone plays in London. Seven were Lamar Jackson runs. Seven were handoffs. Three were Jackson passes. Of Jackson's rushing attempts down there, only a few appeared to be designed runs; I'd like to see Lamar throwing more when close to the end zone. A win is a win, but after a 4-for-4 red-zone game at Cleveland, the Ravens have posted touchdowns on just two of their last nine trips to the red area.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 9

They found a way to hold on against the Titans in London, but they still haven't clicked all the way yet. The offense is just off some.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

A team that's only had two home games will play four of its next five in Baltimore. Fun fact: Lamar Jackson has joined Michael Vick as the only quarterbacks to rush for at least 50 yards in a game 50 times.

The Athletic -- Rank: 12

The Ravens lead the AFC North despite having the third-most lost fumbles and eighth-most dropped passes in the NFL. Lamar Jackson's 69.9 percent completion rate ranks fourth in the league and is on pace to be the best of his career. His passer rating (93) is on pace to be the third best of his career.

FOX -- Rank: 9

If the Ravens could finish drives in a more impressive fashion, we'd be speaking so much more highly of them. They've been to the red zone nine times in the last two weeks and come away with two touchdowns. Those are abysmal numbers, and that's the difference between them looking pretty good as opposed to being one of the hottest teams in the NFL.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 8

If the Ravens are going to hit the top end of their range of outcomes, they probably need more out of the running back position. Gus Edwards and Justice Hill have been OK, but neither is scaring anyone. It would be fun to see the Ravens with a star running back. If Derrick Henry or another top running back is available before the deadline, the Ravens should be making a call.

PFT -- Rank: 9

If they can avoid beating themselves, they can beat anybody.

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