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NFL Power Rankings: Browns won’t let go of No. 32 heading into Week 17

There are a lot of depressing things to write about a winless team, and constantly summarizing a team’s 32nd ranking is one of them.

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NFL: Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears
What goes up must come down.
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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 17.

CBS Sports - No. 32 (no change)

This thing has been done a long time ago, and now 0-16 is happening. They aren't beating the Steelers.

ESPN - No. 32 (no change)

Does Cleveland go over? If it doesn't happen, the Browns would be the second team in NFL history to finish 0-16, joining Detroit's 2008 squad. - No. 32 (no change)

Another rough cut from the DeShone Kizer catalogue. Once again, the Browns struggled to get anything going on offense -- and when they did, they couldn't do anything with the field position. Much like in their showing versus the Ravens last week. Much like Cleveland's entire 2017 season. The Browns conducted four drives that reached the Bears' side of the field -- one ended in a field goal and three ended in turnovers. Now the latest scuttlebutt is that Hue Jackson has lost this team. Forget a win -- Browns fans deserve to get a competitive team from Santa.

Bleacher Report - No. 32 (no change)

For me, it's over for Hue Jackson and DeShone Kizer. If I'm the Browns, I'm moving on from Jackson, and I'm definitely looking at a quarterback with the No. 1 pick in the draft.

I fully believe new general manager John Dorsey will get this franchise sailing in the right direction, but it's going to take some time. For now, the Browns are what we thought they were: the worst team in football. There's some talent in the front seven, and the offensive line is good when healthy, but there aren't enough difference-makers on either side of the ball. With the Steelers still in play for the AFC's No. 1 seed and hosting Cleveland in Week 17, it's time to realize the Browns aren't going to win a game this year.

Yahoo Sports - No. 32 (no change)

Since the Steelers have to play hard because there’s a possibility they get the No. 1 seed, the Browns are going to have to pull the mother of all upsets to avoid 0-16. And don’t forget, last season Cleveland needed the Chargers to miss a last-second field goal in Week 16 to avoid 0-16. Pathetic. Also, if Josh Rosen and/or Sam Darnold and any other quarterback prospect refuse to play for the Browns, I’m not sure what Cleveland does. It needs to draft a quarterback and not give in to threats. That’s a bad precedent. But it would be the worst moment in new Browns history (and that’s saying something) to draft a QB first overall and basically lose the pick because the player sits out a full year.

Pro Football Focus - No. 32 (no change)

Associated Press - No. 32 (no change)

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

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers
CBS Sports 25 32 9 2
ESPN 22 32 10 2 24 32 10 3
Bleacher Report 25 32 10 2
Yahoo Sports 26 32 11 3
Pro Football Focus 21 32 13 2
Associated Press 23 32 11 2
Average 20.7
(down 3.0)
(up 1.0)
(up 2.1)