ESPN Power Rankings: Browns in Free Fall; Packers, Chiefs, 5 Up & Down

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Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs fans show their support during the second half of the game against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-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: 22nd

Thoughts: And the Browns keep falling. 2 straight losses will do that for a team. The Cardinals and the Rams are the only 3 wins teams below the 3-4 Browns. While the Bills, a team the Browns beat and who also is using their 2nd quarterback, rose above them this week. ESPN notes that Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron were only targeted 2 times in the first 3 quarters, that is bad decision making on someone’s part.

Last Week’s Opponent: Green Bay Packers

Ranking: 9th

Thoughts: The Packers did not move after beating the lowly Browns, which is not a surprise. The Pack played well on a slick field with limited offensive weapons. As these rankings seem to take injuries into account moving forward, the Packers weren’t given much credit in that regard but they remain the highest ranked 4 win team.

This Week’s Opponent: Kansas City Chiefs 

Ranking: 1st

Thoughts: Out of the frying pan and into the fire. The Chiefs are the only unbeaten team in the NFL so they ascend 1 spot following the Broncos loss. ESPN notes the dominate defense of the Chiefs, who get to face the limping/struggling Browns offense this week. This one could get ugly fast on that side of the ball. Its amazing what a new coach and a competent QB can do for a team’s psyche, hopefully the Browns front office takes note.

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