At first glance, the Falcons seemed like an easy win, all things considered. But, the Browns decided to do it the hard way and had to overcome three Brian Hoyer interceptions to get the victory.
So let's take a look at where the national media is Power Ranking the Browns this week...
"Parity still rules
Nine teams are 7-4 right now. The Colts, Chiefs, Seahawks, Ravens, Steelers, Niners, Lions, Browns and Chargers all feel about 7-4 too, don't they? The Bengals are 7-3-1 so technically they don't count in this, but they feel about 7-4 as well. Going down that line, you've got quality teams with strong suits, but at the same time, each one has a few concerns.
The Ravens, Steelers, Browns and Bengals are all inconsistent and weird week to week. The AFC North is really weird, just in general. There's never been a division where every team is three games over .500 this late in the season before."
"Josh Gordon is obviously their most important player down the stretch, but Isaiah Crowell might be a close second. He hasn't had more than 14 carries in a game, although he's averaging five yards per carry. The Browns might be ready to unleash him down the stretch."
"They won a game despite Brian Hoyer almost giving it away. Are they good? We still don't know."
"If Johnny Manziel ever throws a touchdown pass, it would be wise for his teammates to not ask for a hug."
"Huge win for the Brownies on the road, with a big assist from the Football Gods -- or, if you're not into such metaphysical things, Mike Smith's creative clock management. That was ... interesting. Hey, who wants to go back to this offense sans Josh Gordon? OK, cool."
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|SB Nation||17||17||-||11 (11)|
|Yahoo! Sports||14||15||+1||13 (11)|
|CBS Sports||16||18||+2||11 (11)|
|Pro Football Talk||15||18||+3||13 (11)|
After beating a Falcons team that's not good whatsoever on the defensive side of the ball, and not looking overly convincing doing so, this week's rankings seem to be fair.
Sure, the Browns went on the road and won, but they also coughed it up three times by way of interception, twice with under 5 minutes to play. It's pretty hard to win tight games when you do that, but the Browns found a way to do so. Appreciate the time management, Mike Smith.
What do you all think, fair ranking this week? Too high? Too low?