Power Rankings: No. 18 Baltimore Ravens

A weekly examination of the Ravens' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 8 | Last Week: 21 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Baltimore Ravens moved up three spots after Sunday's 20-17 overtime win over the Cincinnati Bengals, which is a monumental achievement this season. Why is it such a big deal? This marks only the second time this season that the Ravens have ascended in the rankings. That's right. In the previous 10 weeks, the Ravens have gone down or remained the same nine times. The only other instance in which the Ravens moved up was in Week 6 after they won in Miami.

The real surprise for me is the fact that the Ravens leapfrog the Browns, who just beat Baltimore on Nov. 3. As one of the six voters on the Power Rankings, I had the Ravens at No. 19, one spot behind the Browns. At 4-5, the Ravens are the second-highest-ranked team with a losing record. Only the San Diego Chargers (4-5) are higher at No. 17.

As far as the rest of the AFC North goes, the Bengals dropped two spots to No. 10, the Browns slipped one spot during their bye to No. 19, and the Pittsburgh Steelers climbed three spots to No. 24.

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