Saturday, September 19, 2020

Baltimore Ravens Week 2 NFL Power Rankings

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: 2.6 (2nd)
  • Best ranking: 2nd (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 5th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Ravens in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 2

What we learned: Lamar Jackson is still getting better. It feels like any time we write about Jackson, we should mention that hes only 23 years old. Statistically, it will be hard to replicate his MVP season from 2019, but in the offseason Jackson talked about wanting to improve his efficiency on deep throws. It looked like that focus paid off. Jackson delivered a dime in the first half, finding Marquise Brown for a 47-yard completion. He climbed the pocket and delivered darts all game long in the Ravens win over the Browns, finishing 20-for-25 for 275 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 5

Lamar Jackson and the offense picked up right where they left off last season. The defense was dominant against the Browns and has the look for being improved from a year ago.

USA Today -- Rank: 2

They've scored at least 38 points in seven of their last 17 regular-season outings. And it seems QB Lamar Jackson's command of offense is only expanding.

ESPN -- Rank: 2

Best rookie debut: MLB Patrick Queen
The rookie first-round pick finished as the Ravens' leading tackler in the opener, making more stops (eight) than points allowed by his defense (six). Queen showed flashes of being a playmaker with a sack and a forced fumble. He became the youngest defender to ever start for the Ravens at 21 years and one month old but proved that he knows his history by sporting a Ray Lewis T-shirt in his first postgame news conference. -- Jamison Hensley -- Rank: 2

By the third quarter, Sunday's opener felt more like a preseason tune-up. That's how easy and relaxed the Ravens looked in a 38-6 win over the overmatched Browns, Baltimore's 13th straight regular-season victory. Lamar Jackson finished 9-of-10 for 180 yards on throws of 10 yards or more downfield, according to ESPN. It showed growth in his game from last year's MVP season, when he completed less than 50 percent of such pass attempts. Is it possible that Jackson could be even better than he was in 2019? A scary thought for defensive coordinators across the league.

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