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NFL Power Rankings: Browns fall to 27th, just in front of Bengals, heading into Week 2

We’ve only played one game, and the Browns are already ranked as one of the worst teams in the NFL.

Here is a summary of how the Cleveland Browns are viewed across mainstream media outlets in NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season.

CBS Sports - No. 25 (down 2 spots)

What was that in the opener? They looked awful against the Ravens and face a short week to turn it around against the Bengals.

ESPN - No. 26 (down 6 spots)

Best rookie debut: LT Jedrick Wills Jr. Cleveland’s first-round pick played relatively well in his debut, protecting the blind side of QB Baker Mayfield, who called his protection “great all day long” despite the 38-6 loss. Wills, however, had to leave the game in the second half with a leg injury. - No. 25 (down 6 spots)

The Browns made a lot of changes this offseason, but the on-field results remain the same. Cleveland failed to be competitive in its opener at Baltimore, outclassed on both sides of the ball in a blowout loss. The defense slowed down the Ravens’ famed running game, but Lamar Jackson had no problems picking apart the Browns’ secondary for three touchdowns. Things were even more distressing on the other side of the ball, where Baker Mayfield finished with an ugly 4.8 yards per attempt (the dreaded Gabbert Zone) and Odell Beckham Jr. finished with 22 yards on 10 targets. So far, the Kevin Stefanski era looks a lot like the Freddie Kitchens era.

MMQB - No. 29 (down 5 spots)

That was such a disaster against Baltimore, that now you have to wonder if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that the Browns get right back on the field Thursday night. Now they’ll face a rookie quarterback in his first road game (does that matter this year?) and first short-week game (that seems like it would). They’ll need to score more than six points though.

Yahoo Sports - No. 24 (down 8 spots)

Odell Beckham Jr. had three catches for 22 yards on 10 targets, and 16 of those yards came on one catch. It’s fair to give Beckham a pass because the Ravens might just be that good, but it’ll be very concerning if he doesn’t look better against the Bengals this week. The same can be said about the Browns as a team.

Bleacher Report - No. 29 (down 12 spots)

When the Baltimore Ravens intercepted Baker Mayfield on the first series of the game, it set an all-too-familiar tone for the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns were awful in just about every way against the Ravens. Mayfield finished only 21-of-39 with a passer rating of 65. Odell Beckham Jr. had three grabs for 22 yards and a few costly drops. The defense had no answer whatsoever for Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense, giving up six third-down conversions on 11 attempts.

“At some point, we need to stop talking about all the talent the Browns have on paper and start talking about how poorly this team continually plays,” Davenport grumbled. “In Week 1, the Browns looked like the same bumbling club that went 6-10 a year ago. There’s also the elephant in the room: Baker Mayfield looks less like the long-term answer under center with every bad decision he makes.”

“The Browns always find new and interesting ways to embarrass themselves,” Sobleski added. “Sunday’s blowout loss to the rival Ravens comes with an asterisk, though. Cleveland couldn’t have faced a worse opponent to open its season under Kevin Stefanski, who is the franchise’s fourth head coach since Mayfield became the starting quarterback in 2018. The Browns still have plenty of talent, and they shouldn’t be counted among the league’s worst. They just need some time to come together under new leadership.”

Associated Press - No. 31 (down 7 spots)

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

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers
CBS Sports 24 25 5 4
ESPN 31 26 2 11 26 25 2 7
MMQB 32 29 3 5
Yahoo Sports 30 24 1 5
Bleacher Report 30 29 2 5
Associated Press 28 31 2 6
Average 28.7
(up 0.2)
(down 6.6)
(no change)
(up 3.6)