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NFL Power Rankings: Browns Pass Ravens in Week 15, Steelers Move Ahead of Bengals

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Here is a summary of how the Cleveland Browns are viewed across mainstream media outlets heading into Week 15 Power Rankings of the NFL season.

CBS Sports - No. 28 (Up 4 from Last Week)

Johnny Manziel impressed in his start against the 49ers. Can he keep that up?

FOX Sports - No. 26 (Up 6 from Last Week)

The Browns seem foolish not going with Johnny Manziel a week earlier after the second-year quarterback put together another strong performance, and this time, he got the win. - No. 26 (Up 6 from Last Week)

Why did Cleveland move so high (well, at least for the Browns)? 

a) They stomped the 49ers, who beat both the Falcons and Ravens, on Sunday.
b) Far more importantly, the Browns found a viable quarterback, unlike the Cowboys' and Ravens' backups.
c) They're not the Falcons, who have functioned more like Mylanta than Atlanta lately.
d) The defense posted nine sacks Sunday.

Yahoo Sports - No. 30 (Up 2 from Last Week)

The Johnny Manziel situation has the chance to get interesting. Manziel has played well his past two starts. At least well enough that if he does that a few more times, you wouldn't want to throw out a first-round pick next offseason and start over. But the Browns could also be getting a new general manager and head coach if they decide to clean house. If you tell candidates for those jobs that they're going to have Manziel as their starting quarterback, will that limit the pool? Or, will a new head coach/general manager combination get free reign and dump Manziel no matter what happens these last three games?

ESPN - No. 32 (Even From from Last Week)

Johnny Manziel is 2-2 as a starter this season, and in his past two games, he has completed 71.1 percent of his passes with an average of 321 yards. - No. 28 (Down 4 from Last Week)

RB Isaiah Crowell exploded for 145 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Browns win on Saturday, by far the best effort from any Cleveland running back all year.

Listed below is a summary table of where teams in the AFC North are ranked this week.

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers
FOX Sports 6 26 30 5 9 26 30 5
ESPN 4 32 29 6
Yahoo Sports 5 30 32 7 10 28 32 5
SB Nation 8 30 29 7
CBS Sports 5 28 32 8
Average: 6.7 (down 3.6)
28.6 (up 3.4)
30.6 (down 1.3)
6.1 (up 1.5)