Dec 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) makes a touchdown catch against Cleveland Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson (39) during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN's NFL Power Rankings: Browns Drop

Dec 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns strong safety T.J. Ward (43) intercepts a pass and returns for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns have been highly competitive in their last 3 losses. This week they were beaten by NFC North leader Chicago Bears 38-31. ESPN released its NFL Power Rankings today and the Browns have dropped 2 spots. Last week following the stunning loss to the New England Patriots the Browns had actually rose 2 spots. This week the Browns drop back down those 2 spots to #27:

Last Week: 25
There really are a lot of pieces in place for Cleveland to be successful, just not under center. An extra first-round pick should help here.

As ESPN points out the Browns have talent around the team but the big question mark continues to be around the quarterback position. The Browns will have a few directions they can go next year, stick with Brian Hoyer, try to sign a FA quarterback or draft the new starter. The odds are high that they will end up drafting one high to compete with Hoyer. Its also very possible the team will take the same direction as the Washington Redskins and draft another QB later in the 2014 draft.

As for the rankings: The Browns are the second highest rated 4 and 10 team trailing only the Tampa Bay Bucs. The Minnesota Vikings also have 4 wins, but are rated higher as they have only 9 losses and 1 tie. For the Browns fans hoping for a high pick and QB wins by the teams around them, especially the 3 win Redskins, would be huge for draft positioning.

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