Saturday, January 1, 2022

Cleveland Browns Week 17 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: 19.2 (19th)
  • Best ranking: 17 (
  • Worst ranking: 20 (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Browns in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 20

Non-QB MVP: DE Myles Garrett

Whether or not he becomes the Browns' first NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Garrett has certainly been Cleveland's MVP this season on the way to breaking the franchise's season sack record. From his 4.5-sack performance in Week 3 against Chicago to his strip, sack and score in Week 14's win over Baltimore, Garrett has been an absolute force. In a race with Pittsburgh's T.J. Watt for the NFL sack title, Garrett trails only Watt in the league in pass rush win rate (25.8%). Though he has been fighting through a groin injury lately, Garrett has been among the NFL's top overall performers all season. -- Jake Trotter -- Rank: 17

Run. The. Ball. Kevin. Down by 2 points and with a massive upset victory in sight at Lambeau Field, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski opted to put his faith in Baker Mayfield rather than Nick Chubb. The result was calamitous: Mayfield's final pass attempt -- his fifth consecutive throw on the game-deciding drive -- was picked off by Rasul Douglas to ensure a 24-22 loss. It was Mayfield's fourth interception of the game, and it came on an afternoon when Chubb was running through Packers arm tackles with regularity. Stefanski is a talented offensive mind, but it's time to understand the limitations of this quarterback and ride with the actual star of Cleveland's attack.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 20

Baker Mayfield throwing four interceptions with the season on the line against the Packers is not a good look. They are long shots to make the playoffs now.

USA Today -- Rank: 20

QB Baker Mayfield has nearly $19 million guaranteed coming his way in 2022. Despite his generally uneven play through four seasons, good bet he'll be in Cleveland for a fifth.

The Athletic -- Rank: 19

Is he The Guy? No. Baker Mayfield is in that scary area of the quarterback landscape. He is definitely better than a bunch of quarterbacks, but is he good enough to get you to the playoffs and make a run at a title? No. He still makes too many mistakes and the whole Odell Beckham Jr. saga raises questions about his leadership skills as well.

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