Here is a summary of how the Cleveland Browns are viewed across mainstream media outlets in NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 13.
FOX Sports - No. 32 (even from last week)
The Browns hung in there with the 8-3 Giants, but Josh McCown simply isn’t good enough to win many, if any, football games. Cleveland just has to hope it can win one game this season to avoid the embarrassment of 0-16. At least it's close to locking up a top-three pick.
SB Nation - No. 32 (even from last week)
The Cleveland Browns still don’t have a win, but they were one of six teams that didn’t get any victories in November. That’s made things really consistent at the bottom with the same teams looking bad every week.
NFL.com - No. 32 (even from last week)
Well, if you made it this far down the Week 13 Power Rankings, we salute you. If you didn't happen to catch Cleveland's game this weekend, the Browns lost by two touchdowns, which counts as a close game for them these days. If you haven't perused the standings lately, they're 0-12. Josh McCown put in a solid day's work, minus a costly fumble. The running game was absent again -- unless you count how Cleveland is sprinting toward the No. 1 pick.
Bleacher Report - No. 32 (even from last week)
I've called for Josh McCown to lead the winless Browns for weeks.
You saw why in Week 12. McCown isn't Tom Brady, but he gives Cleveland its greatest chance to win one (one!) game in 2016. Some of the downfield throws he made to Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman on Sunday confirm that.
If only Cleveland's offensive line played at that same level. New York's pass rush nailed down seven sacks and rattled McCown enough to force the game-turning fumble returned for a touchdown by Jason Pierre-Paul. That should be a priority for coach Hue Jackson in free agency and the draft.
Yahoo Sports - No. 32 (even
|Average||25.4 (down 0.4)||32.0 (even)||13.9 (up 1.4)||11.7 (up 2.7)|
from last week)
Hue Jackson was late to his postgame news conference, arriving almost 40 minutes after the game was done. Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal said Jackson was late because he had a long meeting with upper management. Jackson insisted the meeting had nothing to do with his job security. I believe that. However, I also know Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has been impatient and unable to stick to any plan, and it would set the Browns back again to push the reset button if they go 0-16.
ESPN - No. 32 (even from last week)
The Browns enter their bye week 0-12, but let's focus on the positives. The Browns have converted a league-best 10 fourth downs. Terrelle Pryor Sr. is eighth in the NFL in receiving. The team is eighth in average yards per rush. Christian Kirksey is second in tackles. The Cavs are 13-2.
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.
|Average||25.0 (down 3.4)||32.0 (down 0.1)||15.3 (down 0.9)||14.4 (up 0.7)|