Thursday, September 30, 2021

Cleveland Browns Week 4 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 6.6 (7th)
  • Best ranking: 3rd (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 8th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Browns in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 6

Despite what his QBR suggests, Baker Mayfield has played well. He has been unlucky with touchdown passes, as the Browns lead the NFL with eight touchdown runs (no other team has more than five). His QBR also is being dragged down by nine sacks; he is last in the sack element that factors into QBR. Considering he also ranks fifth with a completion rate of 73.8% and fourth with 9.75 yards per passing attempt, Mayfield's QBR will be just fine once he eliminates some of those sacks and a few of those Browns scoring runs turn into Mayfield touchdown passes. -- Jake Trotter -- Rank: 8

The 26-6 final score doesn't reflect just how badly the Browns beat up on the poor Bears. Cleveland was in total control from the opening kickoff, and Myles Garrett set a franchise record with 4.5 sacks, a performance that quiets talk of a slow start by the game's premier defensive end. Justin Fields was under constant duress as Chicago managed a single net yard of passing. The Browns continue to get impact performances from their running game, as well: Kareem Hunt totaled 155 total yards, including the game-sealing touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Then there's Odell Beckham, who made his season debut and looked like himself in a five-catch day. The Browns are in a good place.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

The defense came alive against the Bears, with Myles Garrett playing a huge role with 4.5 sacks. At 2-1, they face a tough road trip to Minnesota this week.

USA Today -- Rank: 3

Revamped defense arrived Sunday, posting nine sacks while limiting Chicago to 47 total yards and 1.1 per play. WR Odell Beckham Jr. (87 yards from scrimmage) also apparently arrived. The possibilities for Cleveland remain exciting.

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

Surprise! The Browns have 10 sacks through three games (second in the NFL) after racking up just 38 all of last season. Yes, 4 1/2 of those came from former No. 1 pick Myles Garrett in Sunday's demolition of the Bears, but Jadeveon Clowney (another past No. 1) has two already this season after earning none in eight games last year with the Titans. Pressuring the quarterback and running the ball on offense is a pretty good formula for winter success in the AFC North.

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