* Hensley explains the Ravens' spot on ESPN.com.

Winners of four straight games, the Baltimore Ravens (8-6) are slowly convincing the Power Rankings voters that they're for real. The defending Super Bowl champions moved up two spots to No. 12, their highest ranking since Week 7, when they were 3-3. During their winning streak, which is tied with the San Francisco 49ers' as the NFL's longest current one, the Ravens have climbed eight spots in four weeks. In comparison to last season, when the Ravens won the Super Bowl, Baltimore was ranked No. 11 in Week 16 of the 2012 season.

* On FoxSports.com, former coach Brian Billick ranks the Ravens at No. 11, one spot above last week.

With the win on Monday night, the Ravens maintain the sixth seed as they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Dolphins, who also have an 8-6 record.

* CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco lists the Ravens at No. 12, up one spot from last week.

That was a big-time victory on the road against the Lions. Justin Tucker: Team MVP.

* Prisco's CBSSports.com colleague, Pat Kirwan, also puts the Ravens at No. 12.

They know how to win ugly and are holding down the No. 6 spot in the AFC with an eye on the division title.

* Elliot Harrison of NFL.com ranks the Ravens at No. 14, one spot higher than last week.

Can the Ravens do it again? You'll recall that last year, they lost four of their last five regular-season games ... and still won the AFC North before going on their Super Bowl run. Now Baltimore must beat the Gronkless Pats and then take down the Bengals in Week 17 (unless Matt Cassel impersonates Joe Montana again and leads the Vikings to a win in Cincinnati this Sunday).

* USA Today moves the Ravens to No. 11, two spots above last week.

The breaks keep going their way. They will win the AFC North with two more wins.

* Bob Glauber of Newsday puts the Ravens at No. 8, four spots higher than last week.

A few weeks ago, it looked like the Ravens would miss the playoffs for the first time in the John Harbaugh-Joe Flacco era. But they’re on a roll, eking out an 18-16 win in Detroit on Justin Tucker’s six field goals – the last a 61-yarder in the final seconds – to get their fourth straight.

* In the Associated Press Pro32 poll, the Ravens climb one spot to No. 11.