Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Cleveland Browns Week 10 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: 11.6 (11th)
  • Best ranking: 10th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 15th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Browns in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

Bold second-half prediction: Myles Garrett will win the Defensive Player of the Year.

Garrett has been among the NFL's most dominant players these past few seasons only to be derailed in November. Last season it was from contracting COVID-19. The season before, it was the helmet swing resulting in a season-ending suspension. This time around, Garrett -- who leads the league with 12 sacks -- will only surge down the stretch and finish as the NFL's sack champion -- giving Cleveland its first-ever Defensive Player of the Year. -- Jake Trotter -- Rank: 10

The Browns will not miss Odell Beckham Jr.. Cleveland's offense looked just fine without its No. 1 wide receiver who was never a No. 1 receiver at all -- scoring early and often in a 41-16 win over the Bengals. Nick Chubb's 70-yard TD rumble in the third quarter served as the knockout blow, but the win also featured a strong performance from Baker Mayfield, a solid starter who was unfairly maligned during Beckham's apparent smear campaign-by-proxy on the way out the door. It's been an up-and-down season for the Browns, but this remains a talented, well-coached team capable of ripping off a big run.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 15

So much for all the talk of how they would have issues without Odell Beckham Jr. They blew through the Bengals as an offense, using the ground game to do so.

USA Today -- Rank: 13

It had been 54 years since a team recorded a rushing, passing and defensive TD of at least 60 yards in the same game. Cleveland did it Sunday -- and didn't need departing WR Odell Beckham Jr. to score any of them. Sometimes, less is more.

The Athletic -- Rank: 10

Are they good? Yes. Odd that moving on from a high-profile player like Odell Beckham Jr. makes a team better, but that's what may be the case in Cleveland. The Browns will undoubtedly benefit from quashing the OBJ drama before it could fester and leaning even more into being a running team.

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