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NFL Power Rankings: Browns move further up heading into Week 4

Cleveland is now ranked 17th 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 4 of the 2020 NFL season.

CBS Sports - No. 18 (up 1 spot)

At 2-1 do we really know much about this team considering who they beat in their two victories? We will know more this week against Dallas.

ESPN - No. 18 (up 5 spots)

What we got wrong: The offense would struggle out of the gate: To be sure, the Browns struggled in a 32-point loss at Baltimore in the opener. But despite having to overcome a virtual offseason, shortened training camp and a new offensive scheme, the Browns bounced back to score 30 or more points in consecutive games for the first time since 2010. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that drought without consecutive 30-point games was the longest active one in the NFL. Powered by its running game, Cleveland surprisingly has already uncovered a clear offensive identity. And as the players continue to settle into coach Kevin Stefanski’s offensive system, the Browns figure only to improve from here. - No. 15 (up 2 spots)

Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. get the headlines, but Nick Chubb is easily the best player the Browns have on offense. This from NFL Research: Chubb is the third player in team history with consecutive games of 100-plus rushing yards and at least two rushing scores, joining Hall of Famers Leroy Kelly and Jim Brown (Brown did it four times, naturally). Chubb’s greatness — coupled with Dwayne Haskins’ carelessness — allowed the Browns to secure the win on a day in which the Washington pass rush kept Cleveland’s air game in check. Chubb and Kareem Hunt are both on pace to rush for more than 1,000 yards this season — the pair could be the franchise’s ticket back to playoff football for the first time since 2002.

MMQB - No. 18 (down 1 spot)

It says more about the franchise than this current team that the 2-1 Browns now have their first winning record since 2014. Neither of their wins have been great upsets, but Kevin Stefanski has smartly centered the offense on the ground game and the defense responded last week to the new head coach’s challenge.

Yahoo Sports - No. 17 (up 2 spots)

Since losing to the Ravens, the Browns are 2-0 with a pair of 30-point games. They played the Bengals and Washington, so maybe there’s not too much to take from that. But after all these down years, nobody should shout “the Browns haven’t beat anyone” to their fans. Just let Cleveland enjoy it.

Bleacher Report - No. 16 (up 6 spots)

As the Fox telecast mentioned more than once Sunday, entering Week 3 the Cleveland Browns had the longest active streak of not being above .500 in the NFL. It had been 84 weeks since the Browns headed into a week with more wins than losses. That streak is over.

Admittedly, downing the Washington Football Team is not exactly a Herculean feat—especially on a day where the WFT turned it over five times. But over the last two weeks, the Browns may have discovered a recipe for competing with some regularity.

Led by Nick Chubb and his 108 yards and two scores, the Browns ran the ball 37 times against Washington, as opposed to just 23 pass attempts from Baker Mayfield. Cleveland didn’t turn the ball over and won the time of possession battle by over seven minutes. If Cleveland can have that kind of success running the ball next week in Dallas, the Browns may be in business.

Associated Press - No. 18 (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 26 18 6 3
ESPN 30 18 2 7 28 17 3 4
MMQB 29 18 4 6
Yahoo Sports 28 17 2 6
Bleacher Report 27 16 4 5
Associated Press 28 18 4 6
Average 28.0
(up 0.3)
(up 2.5)
(down 1.7)
(up 0.8)