ESPN Power Rankings: Browns climb to No. 16

After an 0-2 start, the Cleveland Browns were sitting at No. 31 in ESPN’s power rankings. They traded RB Trent Richardson and replaced injured QB Brandon Weeden with Brian Hoyer. Three wins later the Browns have jumped to No. 16 in the network’s weekly list.

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The summary from the graphic associated with the Browns reads “Cleveland is 3-0 since trading Trent Richardson, averaging 94 rushing yards per game with 14 first downs. They averaged 56 rushing yards and three first downs before the trade.”

For full disclosure, ESPN probably needed to add that the Browns average 10 more rushing attempts per game since trading Richardson. That has a little bit to do with the total rushing yards being better. Cleveland averages 3.58 yards per carry since trading Richardson.

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  • Harv 21

    This means we’re in the playoffs, right?

  • Ben Frambaugh

    Ummm…OK…didn’t mean to double post.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    Have to get closer to Top 12 (only 6 teams per conference.) Might be able to sneak in to the playoffs if we get to Top 14.

  • mgbode

    I don’t know. If ESPN thinks the Browns are #16, then that means they are probably a top10 team.

  • Brownies2014

    The odds say we have a 40% chance right now. However, for all the things they take in consideration, I don’t think having Brandon Weeden as the QB is one of them.

  • CB Everett

    Fantastic! I rank this in importance with their post-draft and pre-season rankings.

  • FearTheElf

    ESPN loves to rank things. I would like to see a ranking of teams ESPN cares about

    1.Heat 2.Tim Tebow 3.Yankees……..999. Browns 1000. Indians

  • vespo09

    4. Brett Favre’s next team 5. Brett Favre’s last team

  • Bryan

    Their focus on our running production seems to a subtle jab at ol’ T-Rich. Kind of funny.

  • Porckchop

    In a soon to be published paper Dr Neil Degrasse Tyson plans to reveal that it is a mathematic certainty that eventually ESPN will attempt to create a ramking of their top 100 rankings of all time. The mass of the entire number of lists considered will create a vortex strong enough to begin pulling matter into it. Eventually the pull will be great enough to draw in Hannah Storm. Storm is the densest non black matter material in the universe, and the instant she enters the vortex both existence and non existence will cease. Basically ESPN and its stupidest talking head are the end of everything we know – could know – and are incapable of knowing.


    Rec’d for an NDT ref.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    True, they still have the Bengals ahead of us (despite the same record and us owning the current Head-To-Head advantage.)

  • DontBringLBJback

    Who cares what “ranking” we have. As much as I have been a supporter of BW3 from the beginning, he has a fundemental lack of decision making, especially when it’s late in the game. Weeden cannot orchestrate a come from behind 2 minute drive to save the state of Oklahoma, much less beat the Ravens, Pats, Packers, or (gulp) the Broncos.

    Hoyer confidently made a decision about where to throw the ball, and delivered quickly. That is the most essential job function of a QB in the NFL, and Weeden lacks that ability, especially in the clutch.

  • AJ

    I think #1 right now is ARod. They can’t get enough of him!

  • James Workman

    You didnt pick up on the sarcasm? He was laying It on pretty thick.