Saturday, January 1, 2022

Baltimore Ravens Week 17 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: 15.8 (16th)
  • Best ranking: 14 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 19 (

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Ravens in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 14

Non-QB MVP: TE Mark Andrews

Andrews is the runaway winner for Ravens MVP at this point. He leads all league tight ends in catches (93) and receiving yards (1,187), in addition to being 15 yards away from setting the Ravens' single-season receiving mark. But what makes him so valuable? Stepping up when Baltimore's best player went down. Since Lamar Jackson injured his right ankle, Andrews leads the NFL with 376 yards, running over tacklers to gain extra yards. He has become the emotional leader for a team that has gone through so much adversity this season. -- Jamison Hensley -- Rank: 19

Week 16 felt like the moment that the walls finally caved in on the star-crossed 2021 Ravens. Playing their third-string quarterback and missing an absurd 33 players to injured reserve or the reserve/COVID-19 list, Baltimore suffered a relentless beatdown at the hands of a Bengals team that relished the opportunity to embarrass a longtime bully. The decimated secondary allowed Joe Burrow to pass for 525 yards as Baltimore's playoff chances took a significant hit. After the game, John Harbaugh sounded like a coach worn down by a punishing season: "We're going to focus on the last two and see what we get accomplished and see if we can work our way into the playoffs."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

COVID and injuries have crippled this team as they fall out of the playoffs as of now. They face a tough game this week against the Rams to try and survive.

USA Today -- Rank: 18

They've actually weathered their quarterback issues pretty decently. What's killing Baltimore is the worst defense John Harbaugh has ever fielded. The Ravens have allowed 30+ points six times this season, including two 41-point outbursts by Cincinnati.

The Athletic -- Rank: 14

Is he The Guy? Yes. Lamar Jackson was making a case for MVP honors before illnesses, a back injury and now a gimpy ankle sidelined him for three games, including the past two weeks. Mobility is obviously the key to Jackson's game, so the ankle injury is a real killer if and when Jackson comes back at less than 100 percent. But Jackson is one of the brighter stars in the league and will give the Ravens postseason ambitions every year.

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