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NFL Power Rankings: Browns move closer to Baltimore and Pittsburgh in Week 15

The division race isn’t quite settled yet.

Here is a summary of how the Cleveland Browns are viewed across mainstream media outlets in NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 15.

CBS Sports - No. 18 (up 4 spots)

They are getting better and better as they prepare to make a playoff push in 2019.

SB Nation - No. 16 (N/A)

It’s as weird for you to see the Browns at No. 16 on this list as it was for me to put them there. These are a different kind of Browns, a team that seems less cursed than usual. Of their five wins this season, Baker Mayfield’s led two comebacks, against the Jets and Panthers. - No. 19 (up 2 spots)

If you haven’t seen it yet, hop on over to the highlights section of and watch Baker Mayfield’s 51-yard bomb to Jarvis Landry. Ah, what the hey -- here it is. You’re welcome. That’s the same thing general manager John Dorsey can say to all of the thank-yousBrowns fans should be offering right about now. Mayfield brings confidence and sorely-needed swagger to a franchise that hasn’t had any since the days of Jim Brown. (Bernie Kosar’s 1985 ‘fro is the closest Cleveland had gotten in the interim.) Christian McCaffrey is a phenomenal player, but other than two (very) short touchdown runs, Gregg Williams’ defense shut him down. Walk-CMC.

MMQB - No. 19 (up 7 spots)

Yahoo Sports - No. 15 (up 5 spots)

I’ll let Tony Grossi of handle the crazy scenario for the Browns can make the playoffs. I mean, it’s improbable but not impossible.

ESPN - No. 20 (up 2 spots)

Top wish list item: A massive, mind-boggling, Midwest miracle. The chances would mean a massive reordering of the universe, but the Browns’ most fervent dream is to win their final three, get massive help from many other teams and somehow sneak into the playoffs as a 6-seed with an 8-7-1 record. Crazy things happen with the NFL playoffs, but this one would be a miracle worthy of the loaves and fishes.

Associated Press - No. 20 (up 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 22 18 12 11
SB Nation 25 16 13 12 28 19 10 12
MMQB 28 19 13 9
Yahoo Sports 28 15 11 9
ESPN 27 20 11 10
Associated Press 28 20 12 10
Average 26.6
(up 0.3)
(up 2.5)
(down 0.7)
(down 2.1)