Thursday, October 21, 2021

Baltimore Ravens Week 7 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: 5.4 (6th)
  • Best ranking: 5th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 6th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the Ravens in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 6

This has been a masterful coaching job by John Harbaugh, who has guided Baltimore to a 5-1 start despite 16 players on injured reserve. The Ravens looked like a team in trouble with a season-opening loss in Las Vegas, where they allowed big plays on defense and couldn't protect Lamar Jackson. But Baltimore quickly turned it around in dramatic fashion with fourth-quarter comebacks -- against the Chiefs and Colts -- and Justin Tucker's winning 66-yard field goal in Detroit. Then on Sunday, the Ravens looked like the team to beat in the AFC with a 28-point rout of the Chargers. -- Jamison Hensley -- Rank: 5

On Sunday, Lamar Jackson threw for just 167 yards with two interceptions and only managed 51 yards on the ground. Typically, this type of output means bad news for the Ravens. Typically. In Week 6, Baltimore humbled the AFC West-leading Chargers in all phases in a 34-6 win. The Ravens blew out one of football's hottest teams with a balanced ground attack that wasn't overly reliant on their quarterback: Baltimore rushed for 187 yards on 38 carries, with Devonta Freeman, Latavius Murray and Le'Veon Bell all reaching pay dirt. The defense did the rest, holding the high-scoring Chargers to 26 rushing yards while limiting L.A. to a 4-for-16 success rate on third and fourth downs. The Ravens are thriving as they enter a surprisingly consequential Week 7 matchup against the Bengals.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 6

The Ravens abused the Chargers on both sides of the ball. The play of the defense is a good sign going forward, especially with the Bengals on tap this week.

USA Today -- Rank: 5

First-round WR Rashod Bateman made his NFL debut Sunday and caught four balls. A surging team that's won five straight now getting healthy around potential MVP Lamar Jackson? Look out.

The Athletic -- Rank: 5

Rookie Heat Check: Hello, Rashod Bateman! The Ravens' first-round pick finally made his debut Sunday against the Chargers after starting the season on injured reserve with a groin injury. He didn't need much acclimation time: The wide receiver played 45 offensive snaps (second-most to Marquise Brown) and caught four passes. Though he only totaled 29 receiving yards, each of his catches went for a first down. The Ravens have to be thrilled with the contributions of their other first-round pick, edge rusher Odafe Oweh, whom they drafted with the pick they received from Kansas City in the Orlando Brown trade. Oweh has been a force, with three sacks, eight quarterback hits and two forced fumbles, and has been a major part of the Ravens' impressive defensive performances over the past several weeks.

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