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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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