Were it not for multiple drops by his wide receivers, Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden might be getting congratulated this week, rather than questioned. Weeden followed up a weak performance in Week 1 with a strong one in Week 2, but he was let down big time by his receiving targets in a Week 3 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
The Browns are 0-3, and many of the weekly power rankings have them in the basement. Joel Thorman of SB Nation posted his on Tuesday. He dropped the Browns two spots, all the way to the bottom:
32. Cleveland Browns (LW: 30, 0-3): They actually have a somewhat bright future, which is more than you can say for some of the other teams this low on the list.
That's a fair point, considering the Browns already boast a good-to-great defense (when Joe Haden is not suspended) and their offense is made up of a lot of young and raw talent. Still, SB Nation wasn't the only one to drop the Browns. FOX Sports dropped then one spot into last place, behind only the Dolphins, and claimed they will have the first pick of the draft.
NFL.com's official power rankings dropped the Browns as well, down one spot to No. 32. ESPN didn't drop them, however ... but that's due to the fact that they already had them in last place. They've cited that head coach Pat Shurmur now has a 4-15 record with the Browns. Cleveland will try to get in the win column with a tough game against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football for Week 4.
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