COMMENTARY | All is well in the world of the Cleveland Browns. The team has won two in a row, they are currently atop the division standings and playing better than the other 2-2 AFC North teams, and they appear to have a starting quarterback. Cleveland football is on the rise, but a loss to the lowly Buffalo Bills on Thursday night would end all of that.
Where the Cleveland Browns are in Week 5 NFL power rankings: ESPN
The ESPN NFL writers bumped Cleveland up five spots to 20 in their weekly power rankings. As one might guess, quarterback Brian Hoyer was credited for the team's recent success. Here's a question for all of you: When is the last time a team dumped its starting quarterback and starting running back two weeks into the regular season and then got better?
Where the Cleveland Browns are in Week 5 NFL power rankings: CBS
NFL senior columnist Pete Prisco wasn't as kind to the Browns as was the ESPN crew, putting Cleveland at 21 this week: " The Browns are tied for first place. Wow." I won't lie, I am as surprised as is Mr. Prisco. Nobody saw this coming in the middle of September.
Where the Cleveland Browns are in Week 5 NFL power rankings: Shutdown Corner
Frank Schwab couldn't help but admit that he has questions about Cleveland's staying power in ranking the Browns 19th. "I'm still not sold," he stated. Nobody could be blamed for not yet thinking that Cleveland is ready to emerge as a contender for the division title in 2013. Yes, the Browns have played better over the past two weeks. They haven't been world beaters.
Where the Cleveland Browns are in Week 5 NFL power rankings: FOX
Cleveland lands at the 19 spot in the second straight power rankings mentioned in this piece. Former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick, like the previously mentioned Prisco, points out that the Browns are in a first place tie. "That sound like quitting to you?" he asked. No. No, it does not.
Where the Cleveland Browns are in Week 5 NFL power rankings: Pro Football Talk
PFT is definitely starting to believe in the Browns, if only for a week. Mike Florio put the team at 14th in his Week 5 power rankings. Florio reminds everybody that the Browns winning games in 2013 will cost them a chance of getting a franchise quarterback in next spring's NFL Draft. I assure you that a majority of Cleveland fans aren't caring about that right now.
Where the Cleveland Browns are in Week 5 NFL power rankings: Cleveland.com
I'm just going to say it. Chris Fedor is a hater. He laughably has the Browns all the way down at 26. Fedor placed several one-win teams ahead of Cleveland, and he put the Bengals, who hardly looked special in their loss to the Browns this past Sunday, at 14th. Either somebody is trying to avoid jinxing the Browns, or he just really, really wants the Browns to Tank for Teddy.
Not counting the last list because nobody should and also believing that PFT got a little too excited, the Browns are right around 19-20 in NFL power rankings at the beginning of October. I'm fine with that. No knowledgeable football mind should consider the Browns to still be a bottom-tier team. They have some work to do, however, to be in the top half of power rankings.
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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