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Ravens fall into NFL's bottom third in national power rankings

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh says he wants his team to play at a consistently high level for four quarters. (Kevin Richardson)

For the first time this season, every set of national power rankings recapped here place the Ravens in the bottom third of the NFL. Their losses have been decided by a total of 17 points, but at 1-4 (1-2 in the AFC North), Baltimore's football team seems to deserve their place in these rankings.

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The Ravens are off to their worst start in franchise history (1-4). The winning score has come in the final three minutes of regulation or later in all five of their games.

> NFL.com: 21

Is the season over for Baltimore? With Cincinnati a spotless 5-0, and a series of wild-card contenders at least two games ahead, it's going to be hard for the Ravens to climb back in the mix.

> FOX Sports: 27

The Ravens do one thing right -- they can run the football. With Justin Forsett battling an ankle injury, the wheels could fall off entirely for this team in Week 6.

> USA Today: 22

Back in the day, it was the defense that got tired of carrying an abysmal Baltimore offense.

> CBS Sports: 27

At 1-4, they're in big trouble. Their defense just doesn't have the talent to compete.

> Yahoo! Sports: 22

This can't be debated: The Ravens were a very good team last season. This can't be debated either: They're right there with the Lions and 49ers for biggest drop-off from last season to this one.

> Sports Illustrated: 21

The Ravens losses have been of the close variety, which does allow them to play the “We are competitive” card.

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