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By: Vasilis Lericos

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NFL Week 17 Power Rankings 2022: 1-32 poll, defining moments – Jamison Hensley

8. Baltimore Ravens (10-5)

Week 16 ranking: 10

Defining moment: Lamar Jackson’s injury.

Jackson suffered a knee injury Dec. 4, and the Ravens have scored a total of two touchdowns in his three-game absence. Baltimore has clinched a playoff berth, but the health of Jackson will determine whether it is a legitimate championship contender. If Jackson’s mobility is limited, it’s difficult to see the Ravens getting past the likes of the Chiefs, Bills and Bengals in the AFC. This also marks the second straight season that Jackson has missed multiple games in December, which could impact contract negotiations after the season.

Ravens Notes: Pass Rush Has Been Dominant – Todd Karpovich

Baltimore has recorded at least one sack in 19 straight games, marking the NFL’s second-longest active streak. The Buffalo Bills are first with 20.

The Ravens recorded multiple sacks in 11 consecutive games this season, marking the NFL’s longest active streak. During this 11-game streak, the Ravens have 36 total sacks.

The Ravens have also allowed fewer than 14 points in seven games this season, including their past four contests.

Baltimore now has three players — cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters and inside linebacker Patrick Queen — who have posted at least one sack, one interception one forced fumble, and one fumble return this season. No other team in 2022 has more than one player who has reached those marks.

Queen has a single-season career-high five sacks in 2022.

2022 NFL Season: Grading all 32 first-round picks after Week 16 – Sam Monson

14. BALTIMORE RAVENS: S KYLE HAMILTON, NOTRE DAME

Overall Rookie Grade: 79.3 (Rank: 1/25)

Principal Opponent: Drake London

Week 16 Snaps: 50

Hamilton played 50 snaps this week, tying his season high and marking the second time in three games he has hit that threshold. Against Atlanta, Hamilton saw a good amount of Drake London in coverage, allowing three catches to the rookie and surrendering five catches for 61 yards in total against all receivers. He broke up a pass but also missed a pair of tackles.

25. BALTIMORE RAVENS: C TYLER LINDERBAUM, IOWA

Overall Rookie Grade: 75.6 (Rank: 1/3)

Principal Opponent: Grady Jarrett

Week 16 Snaps: 52

Linderbaum was beaten for one pressure on 18 pass-blocking snaps against the Falcons, but it was a near-instant loss to Grady Jarrett up the middle that caused two other Ravens blockers to try to patch up the mistake and forced quarterback Tyler Huntley out of the pocket. His run blocking was good all game, but his pass blocking tends to be an issue.

Which NFL GMs have helped and hurt their teams the most in 2022? – Mike Jones

Down: Eric DeCosta, Baltimore Ravens

Securing Lamar Jackson’s long-term future and surrounding him with enough talent to contend with Kansas City and Buffalo topped the Ravens’ to-do list for 2022. But with two weeks left in the regular season, Jackson still lacks a contract extension, and Baltimore’s struggles to find consistent and impactful playmakers for its quarterback have continued. The Ravens have locked up a playoff berth, but Jackson has missed the last three games with injury, and prior to that, Baltimore’s offense had become stagnant despite featuring one of the most dynamic players in the NFL. Meanwhile, Cincinnati (11-4) has turned things around after a slow start and overtaken the Ravens (10-5) for the top spot in the AFC North.

Ravens are field goal favorites vs. Steelers in New Year’s Day rematch – Jonas Shaffer

The Ravens (10-5), who clinched a playoff berth Saturday with a win over the Atlanta Falcons and a loss by the New England Patriots, are favored by 3 1/2 points in their New Year’s Day meeting. The Steelers (7-8) rallied late to beat the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday, their fourth win in the past five weeks, and keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

If the betting line holds, the Ravens would be home favorites against Pittsburgh for the third straight year. They lost as three-point favorites in 2021 and as four-point home favorites in 2020. The Ravens are just 1-5-1 against the spread this season at M&T Bank Stadium.

Originally posted on Baltimore Beatdown – All Posts