The Ravens won a blowout, and now everyone likes them

After Sunday's 32-point win over the Miami Dolphins, there's never been a better time this season to be a Ravens fan. Which means there's also never been a better time for a power-rankings check-in.

When we last convened in this space, a good seven months before the start of the regular season, many a ranking had the Ravens in the 20s. The Sporting News even had them two spots below — gulp — the Cleveland Browns.


Ahead of the team's biggest test this season, a "Monday Night Football" showdown with the New England Patriots, opinions have gone from sour to sweet. (Unless you're the Browns, in which case they've gone from sour to tasting of radiation.) Below are the web's Week 13 power rankings, from the Ravens' best to worst.


"Don't fall too hard for Joe Flacco's four-touchdown game Sunday. It was only the third time this season he has thrown multiple touchdown passes in a game, and he still has only four more touchdowns than picks this season. If he does it again against the Patriots, then that's a different story."

"Joe Flacco was straight-up dealing out there Sunday. The franchise quarterback completed 36 of his 47 throws for 381 yards and four touchdowns (against one pick). You start looking around that Ravens offense, and you wonder why the defense has been forced to carry this team several times this season (SEE: wins versus the Bills, Steelers, Bengals). The talent is there, with Mike Wallace stretching the field, Steve Smith Sr. serving as the pesky underneath receiver and second-year speedster Breshad Perriman showcasing his playmaking ability. The reliable Dennis Pitta has 61 catches. Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon seem to be at least viable as a 1-2 punch at RB. And yet, prior to Sunday's 38-point outburst, the Ravens ranked 24th in scoring offense. Again, football is weird."

CBS Sports: No. 9

"They head to New England to face the Patriots at 7-5 and atop the division. Are they ready for that challenge?"

Bleacher Report: No. 9

"At some point, the Ravens decided just to let Joe Flacco throw. There was no run game. There was no viable play-action threat. Just one purple-clad former Super Bowl MVP carving up a depleted secondary with every one of his 36 completions. He was surgical in breaking down the Dolphins on Sunday. Get that play out of No. 5, and Baltimore might make some noise. Its defense both shut down Jay Ajayi and held Ryan Tannehill to under eight yards per completion. Outside linebacker Matt Judon had an All-22 kind of week.

Sporting News: No. 9

"Baltimore’s defense has been its backbone all season, buoyed by more balance with the running game. But it needed Joe Flacco to start playing well to turn the corner as a potential playoff team. He obliged."

SBNation: No. 10

The Washington Post: No. 11

"QB Joe Flacco’s meeting-room exchange with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg last week seemed to work. Flacco had lamented what he’d called a conservative approach against the Bengals. The Ravens were anything but conservative on offense Sunday against the Dolphins, as Flacco threw for 381 yards and four TDs. If the offense can be even reasonably productive to complement a powerful defense, the Ravens could be formidable down the stretch."

USA Today: No. 11

"Dennis Pitta's return from a twice-fractured hip is one of 2016's best stories. He scored twice Sunday, nearly three years since his previous TD."

ProFootballTalk: No. 11

"If they win the division, they’ll be the most dangerous team in the AFC playoffs."

Yahoo Sports: No. 12

"That was an eye-opening win against Miami. If the Ravens can double down on that momentum next Monday night at the Patriots, then they should be viewed in a much different way."

Fox Sports: No. 14

"The most surprising score of the week came by way of the Ravens’ rout of Miami. Joe Flacco looked like his circa-Super Bowl self and the defense absolutely shut down Ryan Tannehill and Jay Ajayi. This is the first time both the offense and defense came together to play a complete game."

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