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Power Rankings: Little Movement for Ravens as Bengals Surge

Baltimore Ravens
08 Dec 2022, 04:25 GMT+10

Kevin Eck

After escaping M&T Bank Stadium with an ugly 10-9 win over the three-win Denver Broncos, the Ravens (8-4) moved up one spot in three sets of power rankings, down a spot in three others, and remained in place in two. Baltimore is ranked as high as No. 8 and as low as No. 11.

Meanwhile, AFC North rival Cincinnati is surging thanks to back-to-back impressive wins over division leaders Kansas City and Tennessee. Even though the Ravens currently hold the tiebreaker for first place in the division, the Bengals (8-4) are ahead of them in all eight sets of power rankings and are as high as No. 3.

Predictably, Lamar Jackson's knee injury has shaken the power rankings pundits' confidence in the Ravens.

"With the red-hot Bengals seemingly in position to take the division, Baltimore might be looking at a wild-card spot if Tyler Huntley has to play for an extended period," The Athletic's Bo Wulf wrote.

NFL.com's Dan Hanzus was even less optimistic about the Ravens' postseason prospects.

"If Jackson misses several weeks, we'll watch Baltimore free-fall out of playoff contention for the second consecutive December," Hanzus wrote.

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