Coming off a convincing victory over the New York Jets in their season opener, the Ravens moved into the top 5 in two sets of power rankings and sit just outside the top 5 in several others.
"Lamar Jackson barely needed the ground game to edge past the Jets," Sports Illustrated's Conor Orr wrote. "Imagine what this looks like when the whole operation gets rolling. The Ravens' defense already appears in midseason form."
The Ravens made the biggest jump in CBS Sports’ rankings by Pete Prisco, who moved them from No. 16 to No. 8. The Athletic was the lone outlet to move the Ravens down, dropping them one spot to No. 7.
The Ringer moved Baltimore up a spot to No. 7 but noted that the team did not come out of Week 1 unscathed.
"Lamar Jackson and the Ravens beat up on the Jets' secondary to cruise to a 24-9 win in Week 1, but a stifled rushing attack and mounting injuries remain a concern," The Ringer's Austin Gayle wrote.
|Last Week's Ranking
|“The Ravens weren't able to run the ball much in their season opener, but consider it a positive sign that didn't doom their attack in a convincing win over the Jets. Lamar Jackson was on target as a passer, connecting on three scores — two to Devin Duvernay, who delivered an intriguing performance for a team in need of playmakers. Baltimore's defense dominated, routinely collapsing the pocket on old friend Joe Flacco. When the Jets did move the ball, the Ravens bowed up near midfield and forced timely turnovers. They won't all be this easy, but this was a nice start for Baltimore after the bitter frustrations of 2021.” — Dan Hanzus
|“The Ravens didn't have their usual success running the ball against the Jets, averaging only three yards per carry on their 21 totes. But three Lamar Jackson touchdown passes and a stout defensive effort were more than enough.” — NFL staff
|“Lamar Jackson barely needed the ground game to edge past the Jets. Imagine what this looks like when the whole operation gets rolling. The Ravens’ defense already appears in midseason form.” — Conor Orr
|“It wasn't always pretty against the Jets, but Lamar Jackson got it going in the second half. It will get a lot tougher for this offense going forward.” — Pete Prisco
|“The Jets defense might not be a pushover, but the season opener was still sluggish for the Ravens offense with only three points and three first downs on their first five possessions. But with the Jets offense posing no threat, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens settled in for an easy victory as Devin Duvernay and Rashod Bateman combined for three touchdown catches and 113 receiving yards.” — Bo Wulf
|“Lamar Jackson and the Ravens beat up on the Jets’ secondary to cruise to a 24-9 win in Week 1, but a stifled rushing attack and mounting injuries remain a concern.” — Austin Gayle
|“The Ravens didn't have their running game working with Lamar Jackson and without J.K. Dobbins, but they overcompensated with the contract-chasing Jackson lighting up the Jets through the air and the defense going back to looking downright dominant.”— Vinnie Iyer