Thursday, November 18, 2021

Baltimore Ravens Week 11 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: 9.2 (10th)
  • Best ranking: 8 (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 10 (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Ravens in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 9

Most important remaining game: Dec. 12 at Browns

The Browns are still projected as the Ravens' biggest threat in the division, with a 19.6% chance of winning the AFC North, according to ESPN's Football Power Index. This Week 14 game comes after the Ravens play at Pittsburgh and the Browns are on a bye. If Baltimore can overcome these odds and win in Cleveland, it would go a long way in the Ravens securing their third AFC North title in four years. -- Jamison Hensley -- Rank: 10

Lamar Jackson has mixed in some lows with the highs during the brilliant start to his pro career, but it's hard to remember Jackson looking as demonstrably frustrated as he was on Thursday night in Miami. Jackson and the Ravens' offense were a mess in what was supposed to be a homecoming party for the quarterback against the NFL's 30th-ranked defense. Brian Flores sent waves of blitzes at Jackson, overwhelming the pass protection and repeatedly putting the fourth-year pro in impossible situations. Much will be made about the Dolphins creating a playbook for how to attack Baltimore -- it's on John Harbaugh and Co. to counterpunch after a humbling loss. "We just weren't ready," Harbaugh said, "and that's on me."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

The Miami game was a disaster all the way around. They didn't seem prepared for the Miami game plan. That's not a good look.

USA Today -- Rank: 9

Prior to their 22-10 upset loss at Miami on Thursday, they'd never scored fewer than 14 points in QB Lamar Jackson's first 45 starts -- nine games better than the next-best quarterback (Rodgers) at the start of his career.

The Athletic -- Rank: 10

Steal a player: Trevon Diggs, Cowboys cornerback

Baltimore has missed Marcus Peters' ball-hawking ability since losing the starting corner to a torn ACL just before its Week 1 game. As the Ravens now try to get some distance from the rest of the division, imagine if they had a corner like Diggs opposite Marlon Humphrey. Diggs already has eight interceptions this year, while the Ravens defense as a whole has just seven turnovers. He might give up some big plays, not unlike Peters, but the propensity for picks makes it worth it.

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