Friday, November 19, 2021

Cleveland Browns Week 11 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: 14.8 (13th)
  • Best ranking: 12 (
  • Worst ranking: 18 (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Browns in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 14

Most important remaining game: Nov. 28 at Ravens

Despite the up-and-down performances, the Browns are still in the thick of the AFC North race. By knocking off the Ravens in Baltimore on Thanksgiving weekend, the Browns can take control of the North, with a bye week and then a rematch with the Ravens in Cleveland on Dec. 12. Cleveland has not won a division title since 1989. The Browns could took a major step toward doing so with one win -- if not two victories -- over Baltimore. -- Jake Trotter -- Rank: 12

At some point, we might have to believe what the Browns are telling us: This is an inconsistent team incapable of putting together a sustained stretch of good play. Sunday's 45-7 loss to the Patriots served as an indictment on both sides of the ball and left players openly questioning the coaching staff's ability to make adjustments after it was over. The Browns put up a touchdown on their first drive and never scored again. The defense surrendered scoring drives covering 99, 95, 92 and 83 yards. Last place in the tightly packed AFC North is not where Cleveland thought it would be with seven games to go. The disappointment is real.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 18

It's hard to believe they are down this low. The season has come unglued. They are not a good team right now.

USA Today -- Rank: 14

"We never had a chance," DE Myles Garrett said of the defensive performance in Cleveland's 45-7 loss at New England. "I mean, we need to be better." No truer words given six of his next seven games will be against teams with winning records.

The Athletic -- Rank: 16

Steal a player: Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs quarterback

We can't pin all of the Browns' recent struggles on Baker Mayfield, and we were careful not to dream up too many quarterback swaps here in this fictional universe. But the Browns have a major decision to make about Mayfield's future soon, and, well, Mahomes has already proven to be one of the greatest clutch quarterbacks of this era. You make this switch in a heartbeat if you have the chance.

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