I won't babble too long for this week's intro, I don't want to spoil the surprise. Let's just get right to looking at where the national media thinks the Browns stack up.
SB Nation: 14
"The Browns move up seven spots with their dominating win over the Steelers. They've battled in each and every game so far this season. They're running with authority, and Brian Hoyer is doing a good job of getting the ball to his playmakers. Josh Gordon is not due back for weeks, but right now they're doing a good job without him."
Yahoo! Sports: 15
"Another good problem this team has: Running back Terrance West was a healthy scratch. He has played pretty well. It's just that Ben Tate and fellow rookie Isaiah Crowell (wow, does he look good) are better options."
CBS Sports: 17
"They are a surprise 3-2 team. Plus, they were in both losses. Kudos should go to Pettine for the job he's doing."
Pro Football Talk: 15
"So much for the Browns not being competitive."
|Current Wk.||Last Wk.||Up/Down||Best To Date (week)|
|SB Nation||14||21||+7||14 (7)|
|Yahoo! Sports||15||22||+7||15 (7)|
|CBS Sports||17||24||+7||17 (7)|
Okay, now I'll babble.
It sure is a lot more fun to look at these rankings when the Browns are moving up into the mid-teens, say, as opposed to hanging around in the 30's.
This week the Browns are flying up the power rankings. Of the four outlets I've been charting this year, the lowest jump we saw was +6 spots. The other three outlets moved the Browns up 7 spots a piece. That's wild.
Week 7 now has seen the Browns checking in with their highest ranking to date for each of the four I've listed. And quite frankly, it's hard to disagree. With the Browns taking it to the Steelers on Sunday, it's not out of the question to see this team keep climbing. With a favorable schedule ahead of them the next few games, hopefully the Browns can do just that and continue to climb.
What do you all think, are this week's rankings fair? I tend to believe so.