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NFL Power Rankings: Browns’ loss helps elevate Steelers in Week 12

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Here is a summary of how the Cleveland Browns are viewed across mainstream media outlets in NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 11.

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

The Browns moved one step closer to history, losing their 11th game of the season. And history, of course, is becoming the second team ever to finish 0-16. There’s a real good chance they don’t win a game this season.

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

A quarterback got hurt for the Browns, the 49ers looked decent for a while before getting outclassed, the Jaguars found a way to lose a winnable game, and just a bunch of bad stuff happened to the Bears.

NFL.com - No. 32 (even from last week)

Rough season for Cody Kessler, forced to depart early again after getting knocked out against Pittsburgh. That's now two concussions for the Browns rookie. Rough season to be the Browns quarterback coach. Cleveland started with RGIII, then went to Josh McCown, then Cody Kessler, then Charlie Whitehurst, then Kevin Hogan, then McCown, then back to Kessler ... who was inexplicably benched mid-game last week for McCown. Confused yet? You should be! Kessler received the starting nod against the Steelers on Sunday, before the hit delivered by Lawrence Timmons (a personal foul). At that point, Hue Jackson was forced to turn to McCown again, who was equally blasted several times (including four sacks) in less than a half of play. Not sure what the original point was here. The Browns are 0-11.

Bleacher Report - No. 32 (even from last week)

Cleveland received the little brother treatment in Week 11.

Sure, the Browns hung around. They kept things interesting. But when push came to shove, they were never a threat to the Steelers. They took noogie after noogie from their big AFC North brother.

Le’Veon Bell was the one doling out most of those noogies. He had 79 total yards…on Pittsburgh’s opening drive. Ben Roethlisberger just threw Bell checkdowns and watched him work all afternoon long. Cleveland’s inferior defense was helpless to stop it.

Yahoo Sports - No. 32 (down 1 from last week)

Earlier this season they were at least keeping games somewhat competitive. That’s not happening lately. Not a good sign for a team that still needs one win to avoid the wrong kind of NFL history. They had to reclaim the No. 32 spot.

ESPN - No. 32 (even from last week)

Our Football Power Index now gives the Browns a 24 percent chance of losing out. The last team to lose 11 straight to start the season was the 2011 Colts, who didn't win until their 14th game. The Giants, who have won five straight, come to Cleveland this week.

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 27 32 19 15
SB Nation 17 32 13 11
NFL.com 27 32 16 17
Bleacher Report 26 32 14 16
Yahoo Sports 26 32 16 13
ESPN 26 32 14 13
Associated Press 26 32 15 16
Average 25.0 (down 3.4) 32.0 (down 0.1) 15.3 (down 0.9) 14.4 (up 0.7)