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NFL Power Rankings: Browns finish season 20th after having Super Bowl aspirations

We’ll try it again next year.

Here is a summary of how the Cleveland Browns are viewed across mainstream media outlets in NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 18 of the 2021 NFL season.

CBS Sports - No. 20 (no change)

The big issue facing this team is the future of Baker Mayfield. He should be back at least for next season. - No. 20 (no change)

The Browns staved off the indignity of double-digit losses with a victory over the JV Bengals, but there’s no escaping the stench of failure that defined Cleveland’s season. Now it’s on the team’s brain trust to fix it. The biggest question is the most obvious one: Should Baker Mayfield remain the man under center? Cleveland plans to run it back with the former No. 1 overall pick next season, but that’s also part of the dance: The Browns want to keep their leverage in the event an upgrade possibility presents itself and Mayfield becomes expendable. Back in Week 1, it seemed impossible the Browns could envision an immediate future that didn’t involve Mayfield. Change comes fast in the NFL.

Sporting News - No. 20 (no change)

Yahoo Sports - No. 20 (no change)

Everyone knew if things got bumpy with Baker Mayfield, it would not be quiet. Mayfield isn’t the reserved type. So as an offseason of speculation and scrutiny begins, be sure that it won’t be an easy ride.

Bleacher Report - No. 20 (no change)

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers
CBS Sports 6 20 18 14 6 20 22 14
Sporting News 7 -- -- 12
Yahoo Sports 8 20 19 14
Bleacher Report 8 -- -- 14
Average 7.0
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(down 1.6)
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