Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell (17) on the field after the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Cleveland Browns 27-26. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Power Rankings: Browns Rise Despite Loss

Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski argues a call with line judge Tom Stephan (68) and field judge Dyrol Prioleau (109) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Browns 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Not sure if Cleveland Browns’ head coach Rob Chudzinski is trying to get the Browns some respect from the officials in the above picture, but its obvious the team has gained some nationally. ESPN Power Rankings are out for the week and despite another loss the Browns rose 2 spots in the rankings to #25. They are no longer the lowest ranked 4 win team, that falls to the hard charging Jacksonville Jaguars, who have won 3 straight and 4 out of 5. The only 4 win team above the Browns is the Tampa Buccaneers who have also won 4 out of 5 and moved up 2 spots as well. The Browns crept past the Bills and Raiders who are both 4 – 9 as well.

For the Browns these rankings are meaningless but for the fans can be a sign of the growing respect for the team, the coaching staff and the front office. ESPN notes Jason Campbell’s solid play against the blitz this week. When Campbell, or earlier in the season Brian Hoyer, have played solid at the QB position the Browns have competed with everyone. When they have not the results have been ugly. It will make for interesting decisions this off-season, both in free agency and the draft. Either way the team needs to earn some respect, especially from the referees it seems, and may just be in the process now.

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