COMMENTARY | It's amazing what a good quarterback and a win can do for a team's positioning in NFL power rankings. The Cleveland Browns are playoff contenders in the middle of their Bye week, just a couple of games out of first place in the AFC North. How much did that mean in NFL power rankings posted on Tuesday morning?
Let's find out.
Where the Cleveland Browns are in Week 10 NFL power rankings: ESPN
The ESPN NFL writers are seemingly believing in the Browns now they again have a dependable QB. "Jason Campbell had a career-high three touchdowns against at least five pass-rushers Sunday. Browns quarterbacks had a total of five touchdowns against added pressure this season entering Week 9." ESPN has Cleveland at 18 in their latest NFL power rankings.
Where the Cleveland Browns are in Week 10 NFL power rankings: CBS
Senior NFL columnist Pete Prisco, who also ranked the Browns at 18, pointed out that Cleveland is very much so in the playoff hunt. "They are in second place in the division. Who could have imagined that?" I've got a better question. How many wins would the current Browns have if Brandon Weeden was never allowed to start a regular season game this season?
Where the Cleveland Browns are in Week 10 NFL power rankings: Shutdown Corner
18 is the lucky number for Cleveland, as that is where the Browns land in yet another set of power rankings. Frank Schwab believes that the future could be bright for the franchise if it finds the right quarterback in next spring's draft. Let's leave that for later and concentrate on the present, sir.
Where the Cleveland Browns are in Week 10 NFL power rankings: FOX
Former head coach and current NFL analyst Brian Billick also moved Cleveland up in his list, but he kept the team out of the teens. Billick makes a very good point while raking the Browns at 21: "It makes you wonder why the Browns didn't turn it over to Jason Campbell immediately after Brian Hoyer went down for the season." I'll be wondering about that for a long time.
Where the Cleveland Browns are in Week 10 NFL power rankings: Pro Football Talk
Mike Florio, who put Cleveland at 20 in his latest power rankings, also wonders why those in charge handled the QB situation as they did. " How did it take the Browns so long to realize Jason Campbell should be playing quarterback?" Better late than never, I suppose.
Where the Cleveland Browns are in Week 10 NFL power rankings: NJ.com
No power rankings mentioned in this piece were kinder to the Browns than the list found on NJ.com. Jordan Raanan put Cleveland at 16.
The Browns being, plus or minus a couple of spots, around 16-20 in Week 10 NFL power rankings is completely fair. There are real reasons to believe that Cleveland could make a run and grab a playoff spot in December. With that said, two good performances from a quarterback shouldn't have any fan yet planning for the Browns to play in January.
Remember when Brian Hoyer was going to lead the team to a division title?
Zac has been following Cleveland sports since a little before his birth, and thus his heart breaks a little more with every year. He has been covering the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants and the NFL for Yahoo Sports since 2010
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