Saturday, December 5, 2020

Baltimore Ravens Week 13 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: 11.4 (11th)
  • Best ranking: 9th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 14th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 13 roundup for the Ravens in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 9

Below expectations: John Harbaugh is an outstanding coach. Even on Wednesday, with the Ravens undermanned, they were competitive to the end. That's a credit to the culture he's built. But let's be fair. The Ravens were expected to be legit Super Bowl contenders, and if the season ended today they wouldn't even make the playoffs. The Ravens' offensive regression has been far more drastic than anyone could've imagined, and they've failed to come up with answers. If I were starting a franchise and had my pick of any coach, Harbaugh would be near the top of the list. The Ravens still have a chance to sneak into the postseason and make some noise. But so far, at 6-5, they've disappointed this season.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

They faced big odds in trying to beat the Steelers without Lamar Jackson and many others. Now the schedule gets a little softer. They can still make a run.

USA Today -- Rank: 11

Backup QB Robert Griffin III exudes confidence but hasn't passed for as many as 100 yards in a game since 2016 season. Big test Wednesday afternoon with the AFC North going full MACtion.

ESPN -- Rank: 11

Most important game remaining: Week 14 at Cleveland

If the Ravens want to virtually guarantee a third straight trip to the playoffs, they'll need to win in Cleveland. The biggest obstacle standing in Baltimore's way of 11 wins is the Browns, the only team with a winning record left on the schedule after Wednesday's game in Pittsburgh. The Browns are 8-3, and the other remaining four teams on the Ravens' schedule are a combined 10-33-1 (.238). Baltimore has won five of its past six games in Cleveland, but this year's Browns are quite different from those teams. -- Jamison Hensley -- Rank: 12

John Harbaugh must have thought the whole world was against him these past 10 days. His roster gets decimated by a COVID-19 outbreak, and when he finally gets his team on the field for a bizarre Wednesday matinee against the Steelers, it feels like every call goes against Baltimore in a 19-14 defeat. All told, the Ravens delivered a highly commendable effort without many of their most important players -- if they converted that near touchdown before halftime, the game's outcome could have flipped. Unfortunately, moral victories only take you so far this time of year, and the Ravens could still be without Lamar Jackson in a must-win game against the Cowboys on Tuesday. Last chance to save the season.

Previous update: Baltimore Ravens Week 12 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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