Ravens still in top tier of latest power rankings

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 18: Calais Campbell #93 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with Matt Judon #99 against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 18, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 18: Calais Campbell #93 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with Matt Judon #99 against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 18, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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Oct 18, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 18, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports /

22. Detroit Lions, 2-3 (27)

They beat up on Jacksonville, and, well, teams are supposed to beat up on Jacksonville. The Lions just feel uneasy on offense and defense, and that is a tough way to play football.

21. Los Angeles Chargers, 1-4 (22)

They had a bye this week, which means they couldn’t lose a game on a missed kick, wild injury spree or alien hedgehogs descending and stopping a fourth-and-inches. That’s a good week!

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20. Denver Broncos, 2-3 (24)

They rode a wave of field goals and strong defense to top New England, 18-12, telling us that Denver is better than we thought or New England is worse. Both?

19. Carolina Panthers, 3-3 (15)

They lost by a touchdown to the better-than-expected Chicago Bears, but the Panthers are nowhere near the disaster many predicted them to be this season.

18. New England Patriots, 2-3 (11)

This is one of the hardest teams to rank, and it might just be that it is tough to actually place them this low after 791 strong years in a row. They feel like a middle of the pack team right now.

17. Miami Dolphins, 3-3 (20)

They beat the Jets, which isn’t particularly impressive, but they rolled to a 24-0 shutout win, which is impressive against any NFL team. The Dolphins could finish with anywhere from six to 10 wins.

16. San Francisco 49ers, 3-3 (18)

They had a really nice performance against the Rams to level out their record and show that they are still in the playoff conversation this year. Maddeningly inconsistent to this point with their rash of injuries.

15. Indianapolis Colts, 4-2 (16)

It is not encouraging that they fell behind the Bengals 21-0, but it is impressive they were able to come back. Their defense is legit. Time will tell the story of this offense.

14. Arizona Cardinals, 4-2 (17)

Speaking of inconsistent teams, I present the Arizona Cardinals. They took it to Dallas on Monday night, but we’re not quite sure what that means yet. To be determined…

13. Cleveland Browns, 4-2 (8)

The Browns were hyped to show where they stood in the NFL going into their matchup with Pittsburgh. That, um, didn’t go so well. They are still a good team, but they haven’t proven to be ready for prime time just yet.

12. Las Vegas Raiders, 3-2 (12)

They didn’t play, and their last performance was a convincing win over the Chiefs. That keeps them in this place until further notice.

11. L.A. Rams, 4-2 (9)

They felt like they could really make a statement in the NFC West with a win over the 49ers, but that didn’t go as planned. Still, this is a good team and should hang around all season.