ESPN Power Rankings: Browns Rise; Bengals, Bills and 5 Up, Down

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Sep 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Chris Ogbonnaya (25) celebrates by jumping into the crowd after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Browns beat the Bengals 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Each week on Tuesday ESPN releases their Power Rankings on Tuesday around noon. While they have no impact on the season, many look forward to their release and the debate that follows. Each week we will review the Browns’ ranking, their previous week’s opponent, their upcoming opponent and the 5 above and 5 below them in the rankings. We will look at how the Browns can climb in the rankings and avoid falling.

Cleveland Browns

Ranking: 20th

Thoughts: The Browns rose another 5 spots this week, after 6 last week, defeating the Bengals who were ranked #6 last week. ESPN notes that the Browns new QB Brian Hoyer is undefeated. They note Hoyer’s numbers on play action passing which was a struggle before the Richardson trade with Brandon Weeden at QB. Beating the high ranked Bengals helped the rise. This week they play the 2-2 Bills who are ranked a few places below.

Last Week’s Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals

Ranking: 11th

Thoughts: The Bengals drop 5 spots after the loss to the Browns. ESPN reports that Dalton had the 3rd worst Yards Per Attempts Average of his career. The Bengals struggled on offense and couldn’t make enough dynamic plays on defense to create turnovers. The hopeful return of a couple cornerbacks should help against New England, but that game is going to be tough.

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This Week’s Opponent: Buffalo Bills

Ranking: 23rd

Thoughts: The Bills rose 1 spot after a big win over the Ravens. Surprising that they didn’t rise any farther after beating the previously ranked 11th team. The Bills have run the ball 2nd best in the league but are dealing with injuries to CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson making the short week even more interesting. If the Bills win Thursday, they will move above the Browns but probably not move up much as neither team is given a ton of respect so far.

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