2017 NFL Power Rankings Week 2: Rams make major jump after crushing Colts

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16. Baltimore Ravens (21)

Just like they normally do, the Baltimore Ravens finished near the top of the league last season when it comes to their stellar play on defense, but it was the other side of the football that seemed to hold them back from reaching their true potential. And while the offense still has a long way to go when it comes to proving themselves, the unit deserves credit for the way they looked against the Cincinnati Bengals in the opener.

First off, the Ravens must have been relieved to see Joe Flacco healthy enough to suit up when considering all of the concern throughout training camp and preseason when the veteran was forced to watch from the sidelines while recovering from a back injury. Even if Flacco’s numbers weren’t the most impressive (9 of 17 for 121 yards with a touchdown and interception) statistic in the world, Baltimore realizes they need to be patient with their beloved quarterback, as he eases his way into getting used to seeing action again.

As for the defense, let’s just say it was quite impressive to see Baltimore march into Cincinnati, and leave with a shutout. Not to mention, forcing five turnovers on Andy Dalton to make Bengals fans feel plenty of frustration towards their starting quarterback.