Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 14 Baltimore Ravens
By Jamison Hensley
A weekly examination of the Ravens’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 8 | Last Week: 11 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
A week after failing to move up after beating the Houston Texans by three touchdowns, the Ravens (2-2) dropped three spots after getting upset 23-20 at Buffalo. This is the lowest ranking of the season for the defending Super Bowl champions. The last time the Ravens ranked outside the top 12 was Week 14 in 2009, when a loss at Green Bay dropped Baltimore to 6-6.
The biggest surprise for me was seeing the Tennessee Titans ranked ahead of the Ravens. The Titans have a better record at 3-1, but they lost to the Texans, a team that the Ravens routed. As one of six voters on the Power Rankings, I had the Ravens at No. 10, but the others don't see it that way. The Ravens are the eighth-ranked team in the AFC in the Power Rankings.
As far as the AFC North goes, the Cincinnati Bengals dropped five spots to No. 11, the Cleveland Browns moved up five spots to No. 20 and the winless Pittsburgh Steelers fell another spot to No. 29.