Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Baltimore Ravens Week 4 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 8.0 (8th)
  • Best ranking: 5th (
  • Worst ranking: 13th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Ravens in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 7

Lamar Jackson has been uncharacteristically sloppy at times, committing five turnovers (three interceptions and two fumbles) in the first three games. But Jackson has more than redeemed himself with how he has carried the short-handed Ravens this season. In an upset victory over the Chiefs, he came back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter by running for two touchdowns. In the last-second win at the Lions, Jackson had one of the best passing days of his career and converted a fourth-and-19 with a 36-yard completion to Sammy Watkins. Asked why no one should count out the Ravens despite the numerous injuries, wide receiver Marquise Brown said, "Because we got Lamar Jackson." -- Jamison Hensley -- Rank: 5

Justin Tucker was already on a Hall of Fame track before Sunday in Detroit. He might have cemented his place in Canton with an NFL record-setting 66-yard field goal to beat the Lions and touch off a huge celebration at a suddenly silent Ford Field. Tucker's brilliance covered up for the sins of his team: Marquise Brown dropped three potential touchdown passes in the first half, and the Baltimore defense folded in the fourth quarter against a tepid Detroit offense. But the Ravens still had Tucker, the not-so-secret weapon who has dominated at his position for a decade. Said John Harbaugh: "He's the best kicker in history." There's nobody else even close.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 13

They are 2-1, but when you have to beat the Lions on a 66-yard field goal at the buzzer, it's telling. They haven't played a full game yet on both sides of the ball.

USA Today -- Rank: 6

They're leading league in rushing despite being decimated at running back ... and that passing attack is showing significant signs of life, too.

The Athletic -- Rank: 9

Surprise! Justin Tucker's NFL-record 66-yard field goal Sunday covered up another suspect effort from Baltimore's defense, which has been surprisingly vulnerable against the pass. Yes, injuries in the secondary play a role, but the Ravens also have had trouble creating pressure. Only four teams have fewer sacks than Baltimore's five.

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