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NFL Power Rankings: Browns stay steady despite wild loss in Week 5

As the Browns stay steady and the Steelers drop, the rest of the AFC North gets into the Top 10.

Here is a summary of how the Cleveland Browns are viewed across mainstream media outlets in NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 5.

CBS Sports - No. 28 (down 2 spots)

At 1-2-1, they’ve had chances in all four of their games. They have to be excited about the future with Baker Mayfield.

SB Nation - No. 23 (down 1 spot) - No. 23 (down 3 spots)

Hand it to Baker Mayfield: He’s fun to watch. The Browns carry an entirely different energy with No. 6 under center. Mayfield’s four giveaways hurt on Sunday, yet his resilience was equally on display. For example: His on-time, on-point throw to Antonio Callaway on a deep slant that went all the way down to the 1, setting up the touchdown to give Cleveland a fourth-quarter lead. Ultimately, it was the Browns’ coverage that got them deep-sixed. Not T.J. Carrie’s best day at the office.

MMQB - No. 26 (down 2 spots)

The Browns should have won on Sunday, but they’ve been in every game this year and they’re going to win a few more.

Yahoo Sports - No. 27 (down 1 spot)

Did the Browns get cheated on the reversal of what would have been a game-clinching first down? Maybe. There was not enough evidence for a reversal in my opinion, but it was a close call. Still, when you’re punting to a team with no timeouts, leading by eight points, with 1:38 to go, you still should win. Reversal or not, the Browns had plenty of chances to finish and couldn’t get it done.

ESPN - No. 23 (no change)

OL Desmond Harrison, 292 snaps out of 293 (99.7 percent). The undrafted rookie out of West Georgia is part of an offensive line that as a unit has not missed an offensive snap all season.

Associated Press - No. 23 (down 1 spot)

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

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers
CBS Sports 9 28 10 19
SB Nation 6 23 7 19 7 23 10 16
MMQB 11 26 9 15
Yahoo Sports 12 27 8 17
ESPN 8 23 7 15
Associated Press 6 23 5 19
Average 8.4
(up 5.9)
(down 0.7)
(up 4.4)
(down 5.5)