Friday, December 25, 2020

Cleveland Browns Week 16 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: 9.4 (T-10th)
  • Best ranking: 6th (
  • Worst ranking: 12th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 16 roundup for the Browns in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 12

Wish: For Baker Mayfield to stay hot. He was on fire in the Browns' win over the Giants, completing 27 of 32 passes for 297 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It feels like the Browns' offense has found another gear in the last few weeks, and Mayfield is all the way up to fifth in QBR. The Browns will be aiming for their 11th win Sunday against the Jets and currently occupy the top wild-card spot.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

Kevin Stefanski has done an outstanding job turning this team around. Baker Mayfield is playing well with the running game clicking.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

You knew they haven't reached playoffs since 2002. Did you know they last hosted a postseason game in 1994, when Bill Belichick was the coach? Cleveland on verge of putting a lot of ugly history in the rear view.

ESPN -- Rank: 9

Most underrated star: LG Joel Bitonio

The Browns boast one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. The anchor of that unit remains the ever-reliable Bitonio, who is on his way to a third consecutive Pro Bowl. Bitonio leads the NFL in pass block win rate among offensive guards and is in the top 10 for run block win rate as well. Unlike in recent seasons, he has more help up front, thanks to the offseason arrivals of tackles Jedrick Wills Jr. and Jack Conklin. As a result, Bitonio is proving that he can be the driving piece spearheading a dominant line. -- Jake Trotter -- Rank: 6

You have to give the Browns credit: When a winnable game has presented itself on their schedule this season, they take care of business. It happened again on Sunday night in a smooth 20-6 victory over an undermanned Giants team that moved the Browns one step closer to their first playoff appearance since 2002. Baker Mayfield continued a recent run of strong play with another efficient performance, throwing for nearly 300 yards with two touchdown passes and zero turnovers. Mayfield's rise has lifted the ceiling of this Browns team. They're no longer winning games with their QB along for the ride -- he's become the leader of the offense. This locked-in version of Mayfield, paired with a killer running game, makes Cleveland truly, well, dangerous.

+ Previous update: Cleveland Browns Week 15 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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