GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 18: Runningback Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns reacts on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Browns 20-17 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Week 16 NFL Power Rankings: Browns Generally Holding

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Week 16 NFL Power Rankings: Fox Sports Holds Browns After Loss

The Cleveland Browns haven't had the greatest of seasons, but there were some positives in last week's game against the Arizona Cardinals. It's just unfortunate that positives had to reveal themselves once your starting quarterback suffers a brutal concussion and there's only two games left to play. They're out of the playoff race, and now they've got a quarterback controversy on their hands. That might actually be a good thing if they can't draft or find a replacement who is ready to go right away - Seneca Wallace showed some good stuff and almost led the Browns to a win. They're mostly holding in the weekly power rankings at this point. 

Fox Sports keeps the Browns at No. 27 in their Week 16 NFL power rankings:

Backup QB Seneca Wallace actually played well filling in for the injured Colt McCoy. Well enough to wonder why he didn't get a shot earlier in the season, but the Browns needed to see what they had in the McCoy. In my opinion, they still haven't found a franchise QB for the future, and need to make that a priority in the offseason.    

Colt McCoy may not get a chance to show the Browns that he deserves to be the quarterback of the future either, depending on how serious his concussion is. That being said, Wallace might have earned more playing time regardless of where McCoy is in his recovery from said concussion.

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Week 16 NFL Power Rankings: ESPN Raises Browns Up After Loss

Though the Cleveland Browns lost yet another game in their most recent outing, they played well and kept it close, and because of that, the weekly power rankings are giving them some credit. In fact, a lot of them have the Browns moving up. Most of them are citing a new quarterback controversy, and that's the reason that the Browns are going up this week in many of them.

ESPN puts the Browns at No. 28 in their Week 16 NFL power rankings:

28. In what's been a wild year, the Browns can now add a quarterback controversy between Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace to the list. (Walker)

That's up one spot from last week, and the quarterback "controversy" is exactly why they're going up (with perhaps a little bit of help from other teams doing poorly), too. Wallace played very well against the Cardinals, who had just beat the then-10-3 San Francisco 49ers. Colt McCoy missed the game with a concussion, but Wallace might have earned more playing time regardless of the quarterback's health, which could also mean the end of McCoy's time as a starter in Cleveland.

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