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NFL Power Rankings: Browns edging closer to Steelers heading into Week 12

Cleveland rises two spots while the Steelers drop three spots. Pittsburgh should’ve probably taken a bigger fall.

Here is a summary of how the Cleveland Browns are viewed across mainstream media outlets in NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 12.

CBS Sports - No. 25 (up 1 spot)

They’ve won two straight, and the schedule is softening in a big way. Can they go on a big run even without Myles Garrett?

ESPN - No. 22 (up 3 spots)

Schobert quietly has had a fantastic season as a stabilizing force for a Browns defense that has desperately needed one. In the win over the Steelers on Thursday, Schobert had two picks, including one that set up the game-clinching TD. He leads the team with 67 tackles, more than double that of anybody else on the roster. His presence is going to be especially key as the Browns attempt to plug the dam while their top defensive player, DE Myles Garrett, sits the rest of the season with a suspension. - No. 21 (up 2 spots)

We’ve heard the term “crushing loss” used to describe difficult setbacks, but the Browns managed to pull off the ultra-rare “crushing win” on Thursday Night Footballagainst the Steelers. Such was the fallout of Myles Garrett’s career-altering decision to bash Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph on the head with Rudolph’s own helmet in the game’s final seconds, a ridiculous act that prompted immediate action from the league in the form of an indefinite suspension for the defensive end. Garrett’s foolishness effectively wiped away what should have been a great night for the Browns, who bullied Rudolph in a far more acceptable manner for the first 59 minutes of a 21-7 win. At 4-6, Cleveland is back in the wild-card hunt, but you wonder if the actions of Garrett -- who, it should be noted, might be the Browns’ best player -- will drag this team off the cliff. What a fiasco.

MMQB - No. 18 (up 2 spots)

Myles Garrett’s helmet assault on Mason Rudolph marred what was a great effort from the Browns defense, highlighted by four interceptions. It will be interesting to see how the unit can move forward from turning in one of its best effort of the season while losing its best individual player for the remainder of 2019.

Yahoo Sports - No. 22 (up 2 spots)

You can’t really get away from the Myles Garrett incident when you talk about this team. From a football aspect the Browns actually gave themselves an outside shot of getting back in the playoff race, but that is a lot tougher without their best defensive player the rest of the year.

Bleacher Report - No. 21 (up 2 spots)

It’s been that kind of year for the Cleveland Browns. They won consecutive games for the first time this campaign by downing Pittsburgh on Thursday night. It was also the first time since they rejoined the NFL in 1999 that they defeated both the Steelers and Ravens in the same season.

But no one’s talking about that. All anyone is (or will be) talking about is the season-ending suspension the NFL handed to star defensive end Myles Garrett after he hit Mason Rudolph in the head with the Pittsburgh quarterback’s own helmet during an on-field melee. It was an act there’s no place for in today’s NFL, but to Davenport, it’s emblematic of a larger problem.

”The Browns have displayed an alarming lack of discipline, whether it’s with player ejections—like tackle Greg Robinson getting tossed for kicking a guy—to unforced errors and penalties galore,” he said. “This is a talented team, but its mini-winning streak doesn’t come close to compensation for its season-long inability to get out of its own way.”

Associated Press - No. 20 (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 32 25 1 16
ESPN 32 22 2 16 32 21 2 16
MMQB 32 18 1 18
Yahoo Sports 32 22 2 18
Bleacher Report 32 21 1 18
Associated Press 32 20 1 17
Average 32.0
(no change)
(up 2.1)
(up 0.6)
(down 3.0)