Ravens hold ground in national power rankings

Ravens hold ground in national power rankings
November 21, 2012, 5:45 pm
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The Ravens remain something of an enigma to the national media (and many Ravens fans), an 8-2 team that has scored few style points. In the end, though, that doesn't matter a bit. The Ravens won at Heinz Field to move to 8-2, but perhaps because the Steelers were missing Ben Roethlisberger, the Ravens' third straight regular-season win at Heinz Field didn't move the needle much in the national power rankings.

 Here are the latest NFL power rankings from some of the national media:

CBS Sports.com: No. 6, up one spot: "The defense looked like the defense of old against the Steelers. Bit of advice, though: Watch out in San Diego."

ESPN: No. 5, unchanged: "The Ravens have won 12 straight games in the division, tying the Colts (2004-06) for longest such streak since the 2002 realignment."

Fox Sports (rankings done by former Ravens coach Brian Billick): No. 7, unchanged: "The Ravens defense may be struggling against the run, but it is good when and where it counts. The Ravens have a top-10 scoring defense and lead the league in red-zone defense. Not too shabby for a defense without its leader in Ray Lewis and best corner in Lardarius Webb."

NFL.com: No. 5, unchanged: Joe Flacco at home: 66.5 completion percentage, 322.4 yards per game, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Joe Flacco on the road: 54.2 completion percentage, 176.6 yards per game, three touchdowns and four interceptions. If you can explain that trend, Baltimore Ravens fans, I'd love to hear it."

National Football Post: No. 6, up one spot: "Even with eight wins on the season, it feels like the Ravens are under the radar."

Pro Football Talk: No. 5, down two spots: "So should the Ravens feel good or bad about beating the hapless, Ben-less Steelers by three points?."

Pro Football Weekly: No. 6, up one spot: "Jacoby Jones making a run at pick-up of the year: three return TDs."

Peter King, SI.com: No. 7, up one spot: "Three wins in a row in the game's fiercest rivalry, by 28, 3 and 3 points. Loved the hitting and instincts I saw out of cornerback Corey Graham Sunday night in Pittsburgh."