Week 12 NFL Power Rankings: Browns Win Moves Them Up Slowly

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Week 12 NFL Power Rankings: Fox Sports Keeps Browns At No. 31

The Cleveland Browns had a tough game out against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but in the end, they were able to come out with the win. Unfortunately, it was an ugly win that the Jaguars almost took for themselves, so there has been little movement in the weekly power rankings. They've gone up in a couple of them, went down in one, and have mostly stayed put near the back-end of the rankings.

Fox Sports maintains their position:

31. OK, maybe kicker Phil Dawson isn't their best player.    

That's in reference to last week, when Brian Billick said that it was a bad sign that Dawson was the best player on their offense. Now that Dawson missed a couple of kicks (it should have been a bigger win for Cleveland), Billick has apparently rescinded that statement. Now, the Browns have been relying on Colt McCoy, and with Peyton Hillis set to miss yet another game, they'll have to do it even more.

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Week 12 NFL Power Rankings: CBS Sports Jumps Browns Seven Spots

The Cleveland Browns picked up a big win by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Strong defense prevailed in the end, in a game that had very little offense and few surprised. Cleveland stifled a last minute comeback with Jacksonville in the red zone. Kicker Phil Dawson missed multiple field goals, though, which didn't help an offense that was already struggling. Either way, the Browns find themselves going up in most weekly power rankings.

CBS Sports jumps them up to No. 24:

24. The defense made a big stop late against Jacksonville to win a game without much offense. That defense has some good, young players to build around.    

Just a week ago, Pete Prisco had the Browns as the second-worst team in the league on the rankings, above only the winless Indianapolis Colts.  That's a seven point increase for the Browns, who now face a tough schedule ahead, with games against Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Baltimore occupying its next three weeks.

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Week 12 NFL Power Rankings: ESPN Bumps Browns Up To No. 24

The Cleveland Browns snapped a devastating losing skid on Sunday with their win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, and will now take on all of Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati - the rest of the AFC North - over the next three weeks. There's a myriad of problems going on in Cleveland right now, and it all starts with running back Peyton Hillis and his continued injury, but the team has a strong defense, keeping pace with the rest of the division in that regard, and it can only help them going forward.

ESPN bumps the Browns up in their Week 12 NFL Power Rankings:

24. Good defense has given Cleveland all four of its victories this season. (Walker)    

In regards to their last week standings from ESPN, that's a four spot increase for the Browns. They do have one of the better pass defenses in the NFL, led by cornerback Joe Haden, and it's what has kept them in games up to this point, winning close games and losing even closer ones. They'll need to be able to stop Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton next - a staggering proposition. 

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