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NFL Power Rankings: Browns’ first win gives them a boost in Week 4

It turns out that wins do correlate to higher power rankings.

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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 4.

CBS Sports - No. 26 (up 5 spots)

It’s Baker Mayfield time now in Cleveland. But it won’t be an easy first start on the road.

SB Nation - No. 22 (up 5 spots) - No. 20 (up 7 spots)

The quarterback job in Cleveland is Baker Mayfield’s for now. And it should be for the rest of the season -- win, lose or draw. If Hue Jackson goes back to the Tyrod well, we might see a Michael Myers reaction in the streets from Browns fans. Don’t do it, Hue. Please. Granted, Mayfield’s relief performance for the Cleveland ages did come against the Jets, but don’t rain on the Baker hype train. I was so happy for Browns fans last Thursday that I started looking at Brian Sipe and Herman Fontenot football cards. And while we’re celebrating a genuine W as a family here, let’s reminisce about another glorious comeback triumph over the Jets from yore.

MMQB - No. 24 (up 6 spots)

Yahoo Sports - No. 26 (up 4 spots)

I’ll say this one more time and let it drop: If Hue Jackson had his way, Baker Mayfield still would not have made his NFL debut. And the Browns would likely be 0-3. If the Browns have a nice season and save Jackson’s job, let’s remember that tidbit.

Pro Football Focus - No. 28 (up 3 spots)

It is officially Baker Mayfield season in Cleveland. After leading the Browns to their first victory in 635 days, optimism suddenly reigns supreme. Mayfield was effective posting an EPA per pass attempt of .36. Over 50 percent of his pass attempts received a positive grade. Their coverage unit also has the second lowest EPA allowed per early down drop back in the NFL. The future is suddenly bright for the Browns.

Associated Press - No. 22 (up 4 spots)

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

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers
CBS Sports 11 26 12 10
SB Nation 13 22 15 16 15 20 16 7
MMQB 14 24 15 12
Yahoo Sports 14 26 10 15
Pro Football Focus 21 28 10 7
Associated Press 12 22 9 14
Average 14.3
(down 3.4)
(up 4.9)
(up 2.9)
(up 4.4)