The Cleveland Browns are in a bad position, and there's no disputing that at this point. The last two weeks presented a great opportunity for the team to get back in the win column and compete within the AFC North division, taking on the rival Cincinnati Bengals followed by the rival Baltimore Ravens. Cleveland lost both games, and now they're not a factor with the highly competitive division. They're falling down feeling power rankings, when there's room to fall.
CBS Sports drops them three spots on their Week 14 NFL power rankings:
27. They are so limited on offense, which is why they have to consider taking a quarterback early next spring.
That No. 27 is actually higher than most rankings have the Browns, while multiple rankings have them as one of the three worst teams in the league, higher than only the winless Indianapolis Colts and the lowly St. Louis Rams. Cleveland has a tough matchup against the Steelers coming up on Thursday.
Another week and another missed opportunity for the Cleveland Browns. However, they do face a scenario in the weekly power rankings in which they are not dropping following Sunday's loss to the AFC North rival Baltimore Ravens. That scenario is one they'd rather not be in, however, as they aren't falling in some because there's really nowhere else to go.
Fox Sports' Brian Billick keeps the Browns where they were last week in his Week 14 NFL power rankings:
30. The Ravens defense proved once again that QB Colt McCoy can't be the future of the Cleveland Browns.
They're not dropping because the only two teams lower are the St. Louis Rams and the winless Indianapolis Colts. The Rams aren't showing anything on either side of the ball, and the Colts have become one of the worst teams the NFL has had in years. The Browns, though, have only scored one more point than the Colts have this season, and could easily find themselves in the No. 31 spot if they don't do well against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.
The Cleveland Browns find themselves in a very bad position. The AFC North division is now out of reach and they're having to look to the future - like 2012 - instead of the playoffs this season. A second-straight loss to a divisional rival on Sunday was not only deflating, it's making them fall even further in the weekly power rankings. The team had a golden opportunity in playing both the Cincinnati Bengals and then the Baltimore Ravens, especially with the Pittsburgh Steelers coming up next, but weren't able to get a win.
ESPN drops them another spot in their Week 14 NFL power rankings:
28. How bad is Cleveland's offense? The Browns have scored just one more point (175) than the winless Colts (174). (Walker)
That's one spot down from their previous spot, and a scathing stat. Their offense, lead by Colt McCoy, hasn't been able to function without running back Peyton Hillis. And with Hillis, they neglect to give him more than a handful of carries. Something has got to give.