For the second consecutive week, the Baltimore Ravens are listed in the Top 10 of the USA TODAY NFL power rankings. In Week 10, they were No. 9, just ahead of the New England Patriots.
This week, the Ravens remained No. 9 and bumped up a spot to No. 7, ahead of the Patriots.
After losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London Sunday, they fell to 4-1 on the season.
In Week 11, Joe Flacco threw for 451 yards and four touchdowns. Robert Griffin III made his first start of the season and helped the Ravens beat the Buffalo Bills 41-3. Flacco threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns in that game.
Still, if the season were to end today, the Ravens would face a difficult matchup in Week 15 when they host the Tennessee Titans. The Ravens and Titans are coming off road losses and would be trying to avoid a third defeat. The Ravens have lost four of their last five games against the Titans, including two close losses at home.
Overall, AFC North teams have been dominant this season.
The top four AFC North teams in the power rankings all are in the Top 10: the Steelers (4-1), Bengals (4-1), Ravens (4-1) and Browns (3-2). The Bengals are the only AFC North team ranked outside the Top 10. They have slipped two spots from Week 9 and come in No. 11.
With each passing week, the league shows how talented the AFC North is.
“Teams that have most of their offensive firepower back, it seems, just keep putting it together,” USA TODAY NFL writer Elliott Harrison wrote in his Week 12 power rankings. “It’s frightening how helpless a team looks when you’re faced with Le’Veon Bell, Joe Flacco and John Brown.”
Joe Flacco delivered the first touchdown pass of his new career Sunday when he threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Chris Moore. He also played well in the second half of the game. It was not Flacco’s best game, but he was able to show that he’s still been an effective leader of the Ravens’ offense.
Some analysts have questioned whether he’s truly the guy to bring the Ravens back to the Super Bowl, but his play against the Jaguars proved otherwise. Now, the Ravens will look to make their season-opening bye week a good one, beginning with a home game against the Titans in Week 12.
In the AFC North, the Steelers look like the class of the division. There’s a strong feeling that the Steelers, coming off a bye week, will remain No. 1 in the standings after the season ends in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The Bengals are having a strong start to the season and still are considered a strong contender in the division. They are coming off a bye week and haven’t lost in three games and are coming off a bye week. The Bengals sit in a tie for the No. 2 spot in the AFC North.
The Browns are riding high after winning back-to-back games to end their two-game losing streak.
Cleveland came back to beat the Titans, 41-10, in the season opener. A week later, they beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-27. In Week 9, the Browns beat the Raiders, 23-20.
The Browns face the Colts this week. On Oct. 14, the Browns struggled against the Colts, losing by a 34-24 margin.
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