Thursday, October 15, 2020

Baltimore Ravens Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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: 4.2 (4th)
  • Best ranking: 1st (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 8th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Ravens in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 1

Thanks to EPR, they take over as the top team through five weeks. Want a football hipster take to impress your friends? Steal this one: Marlon Humphrey should be in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year. I'm not saying he should win it (see the section below on Aaron Donald), but Humphrey has been fantastic. He had another forced fumble against the Bengals -- his third in five games.

The Ravens delivered the most dominant single-game defensive performance of the year, according to TruMedia's Expected Points Added (EPA) model. That same model has Baltimore's defense ranked No. 1 through five games. The offense delivered another uneven performance with Lamar Jackson averaging just 4.9 YPA. But one of the Ravens' strengths is they can win in different ways. They're 4-1 with an NFL-best plus-73 point differential, and it doesn't feel like they're close to playing their best yet.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 5

They still haven't clicked on offense yet. The defense was impressive against the Bengals last week, but they need more from the offense.

USA Today -- Rank: 8

Even though QB Lamar Jackson doesn't look like himself, Baltimore has outscored Ohio teams 65-9 this season. Next two dates are against Pennsylvania teams and unlikely to go quite that well.

ESPN -- Rank: 4

Biggest weakness: Passing offense

The Ravens were hoping to see Lamar Jackson take the next step as a passer, but that hasn't consistently happened through five games. Baltimore ranks 31st in passing, averaging 178.8 yards per game. Only the banged-up New York Jets are worse. Jackson recently acknowledged he is "not happy" with the passing game but said he believes there's plenty of time left in the season to turn it around. With the running game not being as dominant as last season, Jackson has to become more accurate and efficient in throwing the ball if Baltimore wants to beat the likes of the Steelers, Colts, Titans and Patriots in November. -- Jamison Hensley -- Rank: 3

The Ravens' defense threw a party on Sunday. Seven sacks, each one by a different player, and 15 quarterback hits in a 27-3 win over the Bengals. Baltimore's front seven made Joe Burrow look like a rookie, holding the No. 1 overall pick to just 183 yards passing with two turnovers (one INT, one fumble). The Bengals managed just 205 total yards in a game that felt like it was over by the second quarter. The defensive dominance provided cover for a pedestrian performance by Lamar Jackson, who will need a hellacious run in the final 11 games to repeat as league MVP. Eye-popping stat of the day: Jackson finished the game with three rushing yards. The offense exists as a work in progress, a surprise through five weeks.

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