NFL Power Rankings 2012, Week 12: Browns avoiding the basement

Wesley Hitt

A two-win Cleveland team still sits a rung above the worst two teams in the NFL

The Cleveland Browns are staying a touch above the basement in most NFL analysts' power rankings, thanks to the one-win Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs. A few writers even have Cleveland ahead of a number of three-win teams, since the Browns have lost so many close games - including this last Sunday's overtime loss at Dallas.

In ESPN's panel rankings and the rankings of Pete Prisco of CBS Sports, Cleveland is ranked as the 30th team of 32. NFL.com's Eliot Harrison and Joel Thorman at SBNation both put the Browns in their 29th position ahead of Oakland and Carolina, respectively. Brian Billick, at FOX Sports, has the Browns at No. 25, ahead of teams like the Chargers, Eagles, and Rams, and notes that Cleveland has lost five one-possession games.

Across the rest of the NFC North, the Ravens used a 13-10 win over the Steelers Sunday night to hold in the No. 4 to No. 7 range of most rankings. The loss dropped the Steelers to the end of the Top 10, and the 5-5 Bengals have moved up into the middle of the NFL.

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