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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 5 roundup for the Ravens in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 7

Biggest surprise: Lamar Jackson ranking in the top half of the NFL in passing yards

Why it's a surprise: It was expected that Jackson would take a step forward as a passer, especially after the Ravens lost their two top backs (J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards) before the start of the regular season. But this has been a big step forward. Baltimore ranked last in the NFL in passing last season, and Jackson finished 22nd in passing yards in each of the past two years. This season, Jackson has really stretched the field. His 19 completions of 20-plus yards rank third in the NFL, trailing only Tom Brady (23) and Derek Carr (21). -- Jamison Hensley

NFL.com -- Rank: 5

The Ravens knew what they needed on the final play Sunday. With their streak of 100-yard rushing games in jeopardy, Lamar Jackson took the snap and shuffled to his left before sliding down for a 5-yard gain. The rush put Baltimore over the century mark and tied an NFL record -- and more importantly, capped a decisive victory over the previously undefeated Broncos in Denver. Jackson threw for more than 300 yards for just the second time in his career, while Marquise "Hollywood" Brown atoned for his disastrous Week 3 with a gorgeous diving touchdown catch. The defense took it home: Don "Wink" Martindale's group allowed just 254 yards of offense. It can take time, but the Ravens always seem to figure it out on that side of the ball.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

That was an impressive road victory against the Broncos. The defense had its best game of the season, which is a good sign.

USA Today -- Rank: 7

Really impressive all they've overcome en route to a solid 3-1 start ... even as unimpressive as John Harbaugh's decision to manufacture a record Sunday was.

The Athletic -- Rank: 10

Finally, a drama-free game for the Ravens, who didn't need any last-minute heroics to beat the Broncos. Lamar Jackson found plenty of downfield passing success, with deep shots to receivers Marquise Brown and James Proche, and the fact that the Ravens can pass to win (against a good Broncos secondary) should terrify the rest of the league.

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