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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Baltimore Ravens

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:

Below you will find a Week 1 roundup for the Ravens in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 6

Person on the hot seat: C Bradley Bozeman

Bozeman is the new starter at center, which was the hottest seat on the team last year. The Ravens struggled with two centers last season -- Matt Skura and Patrick Mekari -- with poor snaps to Lamar Jackson in the pistol formation. Now Bozeman tries to stabilize that position in a contract year. After starting the past two years at left guard, Bozeman feels center is his natural position because he played there at Alabama. How well Bozeman plays this season will likely determine his future in Baltimore. -- Jamison Hensley

NFL.com -- Rank: 5

J.K. Dobbins became the latest cautionary tale about playing starters in the preseason when he tore the ACL in his left knee in the finale against Washington. The second-year running back was primed to play a central role in Baltimore's attack, and now the team will turn to Gus Edwards as its primary, non-Lamar Jackson, ball carrier. The Gus Bus quietly put together an extremely efficient 2020 season, averaging 5.0 yards per rush on 144 carries. "He's our kind of guy," offensive coordinator Greg Roman told reporters last week. "He's built for what we do."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 7

The big issue is whether the passing game will improve enough this season. Lamar Jackson is an amazing weapon, but the passing game has to be better to win it all.

USA Today -- Rank: 8

A team that's looking to balance its offense may not have much choice given the way Baltimore's running back room has been gutted lately.

The Athletic -- Rank: 6

Why they're here: Our panel remains bullish on the Ravens, despite a rough patch of injuries. Running back J.K. Dobbins' season-ending ACL injury is the biggest deal. But don't underestimate the impact of injuries to the receiving corps early in the season, with rookie Rashod Bateman on short-term injured reserve and Marquise Brown only joining the team for practice for the first time last week. But the Ravens are perennial playoff contenders and our panel seems content to give both Lamar Jackson and coach John Harbaugh the benefit of the doubt for now.

One big question: Will the Ravens' passing game take off? Losing Dobbins is a massive blow to the running game, but it doesn't change the biggest fundamental question about Baltimore's offense, which is whether it can come up with a more effective and dynamic passing game. Baltimore attempted the fewest passes in the NFL last season, and Jackson completed less than 60 percent of his passes attempted from inside the pocket. It would be unrealistic (and frankly, a bad idea) to try to turn Jackson into a pocket passer, but Baltimore has to become more balanced and more explosive.

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