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Week 9 NFL Power Rankings: FOX Sports Drops Browns Two Spots

Perhaps we spoke too soon. As the Cleveland Browns have been holding in most Week 9 NFL power rankings following a competitive loss to the highly-ranked 49ers, one major ranking has decided to drop them. It's just kind of odd, because they have looked decent this year and lost to a better team, should they really move down?

FOX Sports seems to think so:

25. The Browns stayed competitive against the much better 49ers on Sunday, but they have multiple issues on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. The Browns had an identity last year with their power rushing attack, but we haven't seen that all season and QB Colt McCoy doesn't have the skill-set to win on his arm alone    

That's down a whole two spots from last week, which again, is puzzling. Still, Brian Billick makes a good point when he notes that the team lacks an identity, and that seems as good a reason as any to move a team down in power rankings. The Browns can't seem to figure out what they want to be offensively, and it's making their strong defense look worse and worse, as it happens.

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