Saturday, October 24, 2020

Cleveland Browns Week 7 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: 13.8 (14th)
  • Best ranking: 10th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 20th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the Browns in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 20

EPR is not impressed with the Browns. In a measuring stick game against the Steelers, things snowballed quickly following a Baker Mayfield pick-six. This was the kind of game where everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Mayfield threw a pair of interceptions, and Cleveland went a combined 1-for-15 on third and fourth downs. Are the Browns as good as the Steelers? No. Are they as bad as they looked Sunday afternoon? No. The Browns have a number of winnable games coming up, starting Sunday at Cincinnati.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

Just when it appeared they were ready to put their losing behind them, they go and get whacked by the Steelers. Baker Mayfield has to be better.

USA Today -- Rank: 11

With a sack Sunday of oft-battered Joe Burrow, DE Myles Garrett will become first Cleveland player to record one in six consecutive games.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

Most impactful injury: RB Nick Chubb

Chubb suffered an MCL knee injury in Week 3 against the Cowboys. The Browns continue to boast the league's leading rushing offense behind Kareem Hunt, but it hasn't been quite as effective since Chubb went down. Cleveland is hopeful Chubb will be able to return around mid-November. He is still No. 2 in the league with an average of 2.6 rushing yards after contact. And having established himself as one of the best backs in the league, Chubb is paramount to the Browns' offense reaching its potential. -- Jake Trotter -- Rank: 15

Mike Tomlin couldn't resist twisting the knife on Myles Garrett and Co. after a 38-7 beatdown of the Browns. "That was varsity ball today," the Steelers coach explained. The obvious implication being that Cleveland remains jayvee in this one-sided rivalry. Not exactly the outcome Browns fans were expecting in a year that's supposed to be different. Meanwhile, it's time to start worrying about Baker Mayfield. The third-year quarterback looked uncomfortable playing with bruised ribs and took his team out of the game with turnovers, including an early Minkah Fitzpatrick pick-six. With running back Nick Chubb sidelined, the Browns won't be able to consistently hide their quarterback in the game plan. Baker needs to start making plays, or difficult conversations will commence at team headquarters.

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