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

ESPN -- Rank: 8

Prediction we missed: The defense would rank No. 1 in the NFL.

The Ravens rank No. 24 in defense and are on pace to allow the most yards in franchise history. The loss of Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters (season-ending knee injury), the regression of middle linebacker Patrick Queen and the awful tackling has taken a toll on this prideful unit. Even cornerback Marlon Humphrey, the Ravens' top defensive player, has struggled. Baltimore became the third team in NFL history to allow three 400-yard passers in its first seven games. The Ravens are looking to regroup during their bye. "We've just really got to look at ourselves," linebacker Tyus Bowser said. "If we focus on communicating and going out and executing, we'll play football like we know we can." -- Jamison Hensley

NFL.com -- Rank: 8

The Ravens hit their bye at 5-2, a strong record good enough for a tie atop the AFC North. Given the injury epidemic in Baltimore, this feels something close to a best-case scenario. But the nature of Sunday's loss to the Bengals -- a 41-17 shellacking at home -- is sure to prompt difficult questions at team headquarters. Are the Ravens, with their depth concerns and inconsistencies, quietly vulnerable in a division that suddenly houses a rising power in Western Ohio? The Ravens were badly outscored and outgained by the Bengals -- Cincinnati was the more physical team, as well. The off week began with a wake-up call. Or was it a warning siren?

CBS Sports -- Rank: 9

So much for the idea they would run away with the division. They were manhandled by the Bengals, which is not a good look.

USA Today -- Rank: 9

Bye would be good time to reset a defense that's permitted at least 33 points and at least 490 yards three times. No such tinkering required for QB Lamar Jackson, who's besting his career average through the air by more than 100 yards per game.

The Athletic -- Rank: 9

Trick or treat: Yikes. The Ravens were running hot before getting run off their own field by the Bengals. That game alone doesn't necessarily signal a changing of the guard atop the AFC North, but the Ravens are struggling to generate much out of their run game and their defense is giving up too many big plays. Baltimore is off this week before playing two games in five days, then in late November it starts a run of three consecutive division games, two against the Browns. The offensive line needs to be better, and the Ravens could look to add to the offense ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline.

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