After last week's thrilling comeback victory against the Saints, many people were warming up to the Browns. All of the sites I took a look at moved the Browns up their power rankings a minimum of 4 spots. This week Cleveland took a punch to the gut Sunday against the Ravens, losing 23-21.
So let's take a look at where they stand now:
"The AFC North remains a division to reckon with. The Ravens and Steelers both got big road wins, and it's possible no team was as impressive as Pittsburgh this week, who went down to Carolina and dominated one of the best defenses in the NFL. I have the feeling Carolina will bounce back since its defense is too strong, but the Steelers made sure to let the league know that their offensive performance in Week 2 against the Ravens was a fluke."
"How many times have the Browns lost a game at home like they did against Baltimore on Sunday? It seems like three or four times a year. Heartbreaking."
"What has happened to that defense? It can't stop the run. Don't blame the losses on Brian Hoyer."
"The schedule softens considerably on the other side of the bye week."
|Current Wk.||Last Wk.||Up/Down||Best To Date (week)|
|SB Nation||22||23||+1||22 (4)|
|Yahoo! Sports||24||25||+1||24 (4)|
|CBS Sports||22||21||-1||21 (3)|
Three of the fours sites listed above have the Browns sitting at #22. That makes a whole lot of sense. There's a bunch of teams that are 1-2. There's some distinction or tiers in those 1-2 teams. Are the Browns as good of a team as the Packers, Colts, Niners, and Saints? All are 1-2, and before you scream at me that we beat the Saints, would you expect them to beat them again if we faced them next Sunday? I was thrilled the Browns beat the Saints last week, but I still consider the Saints a better team. Those 4 teams are probably better than the Browns.
But are the Browns any worse off than the Jets, Chiefs, Dolphins, etc? That's a much closer argument. Thus why right now most sites (and my thinking) have the Browns towards the top of that second tier of 1-2 teams. Then there's obviously the truly awful teams: the Jaguars, Raiders, Buccaneers, who all sit at 0-3.
So what do y'all make of this week's rankings? I think around 22 is a pretty good assessment of where the team is at heading into the bye. What say you?