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NFL Power Rankings: Browns only team to increase in Week 7 as AFC North takes a tumble

Here is a summary of how the Cleveland Browns are viewed across mainstream media outlets in NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 7.

FOX Sports - No. 32 (even from last week)

As bad as the Browns have been – and they’ve been really bad – they’ve had chances to come away with their first win of the season. On Sunday, they gave the Titans a run for their money, but breakdowns in the secondary and the inability to lead long drives at crucial times doomed them.

SB Nation - No. 32 (even from last week)

The Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, and Indianapolis Colts all kept things close, but couldn’t quite find a way to get a win. - No. 32 (even from last week)

The Browns made it eventful in Nashville. Unfortunately, they were unable to bring home two consecutive onside kicks in the loss. Instead of wallowing in the brown of a winless start, take notice of Cody Kessler. Despite being under a heavy rush much of the day, the rookie completed 26 of 41 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns. Kessler also converted two huge fourth downs with Cleveland behind two scores and just five minutes left on the clock. Not bad, man.

Bleacher Report - No. 31 (up 1 from last week)

This is the worst start the Browns have had since 1999.

That's bad, but it's not worst-team-in-the-NFL bad. They're out of the cellar this week.

Why raise a 0-6 team? I like the way Cleveland fights. People were quick to dismiss Cody Kessler, and then he put up 336 yards against a good Titans defense. Danny Shelton and the Cleveland defense stood up to the challenge of a scary Titans rushing attack too. These are blocks to build on.

I don't understand Hue Jackson's decision to go for two with two minutes, seven seconds left—it effectively ended the game. But at least the Browns were in the game with that much time left, right?

Yahoo Sports - No. 31 (up 1 from last week)

I’m very surprised at how good Cody Kessler has looked. Then there are two questions: Does an 0-6 team give 37-year-old Josh McCown the starting job back? And can Kessler do enough over the last 10 games to convince the Browns to not draft a quarterback with the high pick they’ll have in 2017?

ESPN - No. 32 (even from last week)

The Browns have lost nine straight games, with five different starting quarterbacks over that span. Cody Kessler has started the past four, however, and his 53.7 Total QBR has been better than the others over that time (45.8).

Associated Press - No. 32 (even from last week)

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

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers
Fox Sports 21 32 19 6
SB Nation 15 32 18 7 20 32 19 10
Bleacher Report 17 31 16 7
Yahoo Sports 18 31 17 8
ESPN 16 32 18 7
Associated Press 19 32 18 8
Average 18.0 (down 5.6) 31.7 (up 0.3) 17.9 (down 3.3) 7.6 (down 3.3)