Saturday, October 17, 2020

Cleveland Browns Week 6 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: 10.0 (9th)
  • Best ranking: 6th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 15th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Browns in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 15

There are stretches when it feels like the Browns are one of the league's best teams. Kevin Stefanski with creative play-calls, Baker Mayfield spraying the ball all over the field, one of the league's best run games. Defensively, Myles Garrett dominating and Olivier Vernon playing his role well as a complementary pass rusher. If they can just cut out some of the mistakes -- like two Mayfield interceptions and a couple of Jarvis Landry drops Sunday -- they might really have something. Regardless, their win over the Colts was another step in the right direction, and since their blowout loss in Week 1, the Browns have looked like a professional operation. They've got a big one in Week 6 at Pittsburgh.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 6

Are the Browns for real? We will know for sure this week if they beat the Steelers on the road.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

If not for fact -- and "fact" seems warranted -- things always go sideways in Cleveland, coach of year award could already be given to Kevin Stefanski.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

Biggest weakness: Secondary

The Browns were banking on big things from second-round pick Grant Delpit, but the safety was lost for the season to an Achilles injury in training camp. Days before Delpit's injury, nickelback Kevin Johnson suffered a lacerated liver in practice; Johnson has since returned but hasn't yet regained the form he flashed in training camp. Throw in corner Greedy Williams' shoulder injury, which has sidelined him all five games, and Cleveland's secondary has yet to reach full strength. As a result, it has struggled at times defending the pass, surrendering 296.4 passing yards per game, third worst in the NFL. -- Jake Trotter -- Rank: 9

The Browns are 4-1 for the first time since 1994 after they once again got key contributions from both sides of the ball. Indy entered the game with the league's stingiest defense, but the Browns piled up more yardage in one half than the Colts had been allowing all season to a slate of lesser opponents. Baker Mayfield played extremely well in those first two quarters, and when the offense cooled off after the intermission, the defense closed the game out with big plays, including a pick-six by Ronnie Harrison Jr. Cleveland's fierce pass rush also forced a frazzled Philip Rivers into a crucial intentional grounding penalty that created a safety. A fascinating showdown looms this week in Pittsburgh.

+ Previous update: Cleveland Browns Week 5 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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