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NFL Power Rankings: Browns continue decline in Week 8

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Cleveland is progressively declining back to the bottom with each loss.

Here is a summary of how the Cleveland Browns are viewed across mainstream media outlets in NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 8.

CBS Sports - No. 27 (down 3 spots)

They’ve lost a lot of close games, losing another to Tampa Bay in overtime last week. The defense had issues against the Bucs.

SB Nation - No. 27 (down 8 spots)

NFL.com - No. 25 (down 5 spots)

The Browns blew it in Tampa, which would be surprising, given that they controlled the entire second half after falling two touchdowns behind in the first -- but only if you didn’t count the penalty-fest Hue Jackson’s team threw in that second half. (Yes, his name was included in that sentence on purpose.) Cleveland committed 14 of them for the game, six of which resulted in Bucs first downs. As much as I love Baker Mayfield, he simply can’t take that sack in overtime. Sweet revenge for Carl Nassib, even if it’s not the kind that compounds at 10 percent per year.

MMQB - No. 24 (no change)

Netflix should by the entire 2018 Browns season.

Yahoo Sports - No. 26 (down 4 spots)

Assuming Hue Jackson doesn’t have a major turnaround, it will be very interesting to see if Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley gets any buzz for the job. NFL coaches have been picking his brain about his offensive schemes. He obviously has the connection to Baker Mayfield. The NFL has finally warmed up to using more college concepts. It might be a fun fit.

ESPN - No. 25 (down 3 spots)

Need more from: QB Baker Mayfield. The Browns rank 31st in completion percentage (55 percent) and have allowed the most sacks in the NFL (31), but don’t put that on the offensive line. Cleveland’s line has won its pass blocks by 2.5 seconds 62 percent of the time, the second-best rate in the NFL.

Associated Press - No. 26 (down 2 spots)

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

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers
CBS Sports 12 27 6 7
SB Nation 15 27 6 8
NFL.com 16 25 8 9
MMQB 14 24 10 8
Yahoo Sports 13 26 10 8
ESPN 11 25 7 8
Associated Press 13 26 9 7
Average 13.4
(down 4.1)
25.7
(down 3.6)
8.0
(down 0.9)
7.9
(up 0.8)