Saturday, November 14, 2020

Cleveland Browns Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Cleveland Browns rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 15.6 (15th)
  • Best ranking: 14th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 19th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Browns in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 19

They return from the bye with a 5-3 record and are well-positioned for a playoff push. Cleveland should be favored in at least five of its remaining eight games: home versus Houston, home versus Philadelphia, at Jacksonville, at the Giants, at the Jets. If they take care of business in those games, they're in the postseason.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

They come off their bye with Baker Mayfield on the COVID list. That's never a good thing.

USA Today -- Rank: 14

Not a very good bye week when your quarterback goes on the reserve/COVID-19 list and you fall out of wild-card position.

ESPN -- Rank: 16

Recalibrated expectation: End their 18-year playoff drought

Despite another front-office shakeup, another coaching change and an unprecedented offseason, the expectations for the Browns before the season were to make the playoffs. There was too much talent in place. At the midway point, those expectations have not changed. Cleveland is 5-3 with one of the easiest remaining schedules in the league. Injuries, including to WR Odell Beckham Jr., have hurt. But if Cleveland doesn't finally snap the NFL's longest playoff drought, this season will be a massive disappointment. -- Jake Trotter -- Rank: 15

Not so long ago, the Browns were the Factory of Sadness. The organization has made unquestioned strides since the lost 2010s, but it seems to have moved from the factory and into a carnival fun house, one with mirrors that bend and distort it from Sunday to Sunday. To wit: Cleveland has either scored 30-plus points or seven or fewer points in every game this season. Unsurprisingly, the Browns are 5-0 when they score big and 0-3 when the offense dries up. The good news for their fans: The post-bye schedule sets up well, with matchups against three sub-.500 teams (Texans, Eagles, Jaguars) on tap in the next three weeks. If this team can conquer its inconsistency, the Browns should be in good position for a playoff spot come December. They should be, anyway.

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