Browns slot 30th in Week 2 ESPN Power Rankings

It could be worse: The Cleveland Browns will enter Week 2’s contest against the Baltimore Ravens slotted 30th in ESPN’s weekly NFL Power Rankings.

Down two spots from their preseason placement, only the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars are keeping the Orange and Brown from the cellar of the National Football League.

ESPN cites Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden’s abysmal Week 1 performance, second only to the Jaguars’ Blaine Gabbert; he was also the only other QB with a completion percentage under 50 percent on short throws.

The biggest gainer goes to the Chip Kelly-led Philadelphia Eagles who jumped 11 spots after their electric win on Monday Night Football. The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets both leapfrogged the Browns after impressive outings from their rookie quarterbacks. Things do not look to be improving for the Browns anytime soon as they will enter this Sunday as touchdown underdogs.

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    So much for it being a different team (at least for the first week)!!!

  • Chris Miller


  • JHop

    Even though the Raiders lost, they put up a much more watchable game than the Browns did. I’m almost ready to say that I’d rather have Terelle Pryor as our QB rather than Brandon Weeden.

  • Harv 21

    Yet another example of national media hate for Cleveland.

  • Chad F

    I hope this is sarcasm.

  • hash

    I think the Browns should have open tryouts for Full back and Right guard.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Interesting factoid that may actually be good rather than bad about Weeden – 11/28 on throws 5 yards or less, with two picks.

    That means he was 15/25 on throws of 5+ yards. That’s pretty solid. Perhaps if they can find a RG and Schwartz can rebound we’ll see some dramatic improvement. I’m presuming that some/many of those short throws were forced due to absurd pressure, and we know both of the picks were tipped (though admittedly not great throws).

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Dude. Our QB cant complete a 5 yd pass. This needs to worry you.

  • LaundroMat

    There’s this thing called the period. See, I just used it.

    Also, you don’t have to yell at us.

  • Hopwin

    Seriously, stop being an apologist for a terrible team. Every time you point out a silver lining God kills a kitten.
    I know that from Kindergarten on through High School you are told you are a special, wonderful snowflake but not everyone gets to be special.

  • Hopwin

    30th feels about where we are at. We look like the gaping holes we failed to address last season are still gaping holes.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Hey, grasping at straws here.

  • DJM

    6.5 spread on Baltimore. At least Vegas doesn’t hate us. But they will when they lose tons of money and Baltimore shatters that.

  • BenRM

    15-yard penalty for inappropriate use of the sarcasm font!

  • C-Bus Kevin

    I’d rather have Terelle Pryor as our QB rather than Brandon Weeden.

    There…I saved you the trouble. Not even joking. At least Pryor could run away from the terrible protection Weeden saw at times last Sunday.

  • Big Z

    Same thing happened in 2007 – can’t wait for the Browns to s*** on the Ravens’ Superbowl party!

  • Big Z

    Do you even work out, bro!?

  • DJM

    Nope. Thats all natural man.

  • Shadow_play

    I could see that happening if they didn’t get embarassed by Denver on opening day. As is, they now have something to prove and probably have a chip on their shoulder.
    Still, maybe big-armed Weeden can tear up their secondary like Manning did. If he doesn’t get killed by the unkindness of Ravens that will be pouring through past Cousins.