NFL Power Rankings Week Four, John Harbaugh To Michigan?


Sep 28, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh looks on in the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Lunchtime Links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption. Today we round up the latest NFL power rankings for week four, ponder John Harbaugh’s potential interest from Michigan, and discuss the resurrection of Justin Forsett.

NFL Power Rankings Week Four

We still have one game to play, but as always we have several outlets releasing their updated power rankings following Sunday’s action. Our very own brothers over at FanSided have released their updated rankings, which finds the Ravens shooting up to number seven following their dominating victory over the Panthers.

Bleacher Report has the Ravens moving up from 9th to 8th this week as they continue their ascension up the ranks.  It’s still a fair ranking, though we have our doubts about the Eagles at number seven.  They continue to lose offensive linemen and have struggled to stop anyone on defense the last couple of weeks.

John Harbaugh drawing interest from Michigan?

Rumors were swirling around that Jim Harbaugh was drawing interest from Michigan as a possible head coaching candidate, but on Saturday John joined his brother as the college’s choice to replace Brady Hoke, who has slipped his way to a 2-3 start with the Wolverines.  In fact, rumors persisted that John was the preferred candidate of the two.

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It was a silly rumor to begin with, and not surprisingly, John is not interested, as a source told Aaron Wilson at the Baltimore Sun.  Perhaps John was unhappy after the Ravens kept Ray Rice even though he allegedly wanted to release him early this year, but we doubt he is going anywhere.  Harbaugh is one of the highest paid, and most successful, coaches in the NFL.

Justin Forsett making the most of his second chance

The play of Justin Forsett has been a real revelation for the Ravens this season as he continues to prove the most effective running back on the team, at least on a per carry basis.  And as Aaron Wilson reminds us, Forsett was at a crossroads this offseason after being released by the feeble Jaguars.

Forsett was even considering life after football following his release and an injury plagued season until his old pal Gary Kubiak signed on to be the new offensive coordinator for the Ravens.

Forsett has looked like an entirely new player through four games with the team and is a natural fit for Kubiak’s offense.  He even bowled over tacklers on his way to the end zone on a touchdown run against the Panthers, looking nothing like a running back who measures in at 5’8″ and 197 pounds.