Saturday, December 12, 2020

Baltimore Ravens Week 14 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: 10.8 (T-11th)
  • Best ranking: 7th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 14th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 14 roundup for the Ravens in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 7

Best-case scenario: They get hot, win out and make the playoffs. The Ravens broke a three-game losing streak with a win over the Cowboys Tuesday night. Next up is a Monday night matchup in Cleveland. The Ravens' run game looked great against Dallas, but their passing game is still a big question. If the season ended today, Baltimore would miss the playoffs, but they still have time to figure things out down the stretch and go on a run.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

They looked dominant in beating the Cowboys, but the Cowboys aren't very good. Now they have a huge game at Cleveland against the Browns.

USA Today -- Rank: 12

They're rebounding into playoff form ... but that might also be recent one-and-done playoff form.

ESPN -- Rank: 12

Person with most at stake: OLB Yannick Ngakoue

Ngakoue needs to start making impact plays again to warrant either a long-term extension or another franchise tag. Since being acquired in a trade from the Vikings, Ngakoue has disappeared, totaling five tackles and one sack in five games. He hasn't proved to be an every-down player, averaging 34 snaps per game. Ngakoue has been projected to be one of the top free agents in the NFL this offseason, but Baltimore will be faced with a difficult decision if he remains a nonfactor. -- Jamison Hensley -- Rank: 9

Uh-oh. Are the Ravens back? Lamar Jackson torched an opponent with his arm and legs, and Baltimore rushed for 294 yards in a performance that evoked memories of the team's dominant 14-2 run of 2019. Yes, the pathetic Cowboys defense has been making other teams look good all season, but this felt like an important game for a Ravens squad that needed a shot of optimism in what had been a six-week stretch of frustration. A huge prime-time showdown with Cleveland looms -- and you get the feeling the Browns will be forced to tangle with a hyper-confident Ravens team that's ready for takeoff.

Previous update: Baltimore Ravens Week 13 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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