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BROWNS POWER RANKINGS


USA TODAY SPORTS WEEKLY:   21th (Previous Rank: 20th)


Time to look to the future ... and wonder how much longer QB Baker Mayfield, who will be a free agent in 2023, will be part of it.


NFL:  20th  (Previous Rank: 17th)


The Browns probably weren’t thrilled about being guests at Ben Roethlisberger’s emotional goodbye party at Heinz Field. The Cleveland defense held Big Ben to a comically low 2.7 yards per attempt on 46 passes, but the Browns' offense was inept in its own way. Baker Mayfield took nine sacks and threw two interceptions, while Kevin Stefanski deserves criticism for another strange game plan that included just 12 rush attempts for Nick Chubb, the team’s best offensive player. If you’re talking about the most disappointing teams in the NFL this season, the Browns are absolutely part of the conversation.



ESPN:  20th  (Previous Rank: 20th)


It's far too lazy to solely blame Cleveland's struggles through the air on quarterback Baker Mayfield, who has been playing through a torn labrum to his non-throwing left shoulder since Week 2. Mayfield has struggled, to be sure. But he's hardly the only reason the Browns suddenly own one of the league's least dangerous passing attacks. The Browns need to upgrade the talent at wide receiver, notably the downfield playmaking. In what appears to be another tantalizing WR draft, look for the Browns to target a receiver with their first pick. 



BLEACHER REPORT:  20th (Previous Rank 17th)


For the second time in three years, the Cleveland Browns entered the regular season riding a wave of hype.


And for the second time in three years, as the calendar turns to January that hype has given way to a losing season and the team missing the playoffs.


And now, the Browns face an offseason filled with uncertainty and one massive question—what to do about Baker Mayfield?


Yes, part of Mayfield's struggles in 2021 can be attributed to the injuries he has suffered this year and a lack of passing game talent around him. But Odell Beckham appears to be doing fine in Los Angeles. Mayfield has one of the league's best offensive lines in front of him and maybe the best one-two punch in the backfield in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt behind him. But while Joe Burrow is racking up division titles down I-71 in Cincinnati, Mayfield is racking up interceptions and questions about his viability as the long-term solution under center.


"I won't sit here and say definitively that Mayfield isn't 'the guy' in Cleveland," Davenport said. "But if the Browns extend him after this mess of a season it will either be at a steep discount or the most Browns thing ever. Every time you think this team is shaking off the decades of dysfunction and dread, Cleveland happens."


 

BROWNS POSITION FANTASY RANKINGS

Quarterback:  Baker Mayfield (Not Playing)-18th; Case Keenum

Running Backs:  Nick Chubb-8th; Kareem Hunt-31st (Most Likely Out)

Wide Receivers: Jarvis Landry-34th

Tight Ends:  Austin Hooper-14th; David Njoku-25th

Kickers:  None Listed

Defenses:  Browns-25th

BENGALS POSITION FANTASY RANKINGS

Quarterback: Joe Burrow-8th (Not Playing)

Running Backs: Joe Mixon-5th (Not Playing)

Wide Receivers: Ja'Marr Chase-6th; Tee Higgins-20th

Tight Ends: C.J. Uzomah-19th

Kickers: Evan McPherson-2nd

Defenses: Bengals-16th

 
















Matchup to watch according to USA Today Sports Weekly:


Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase vs. Browns CB Denzel Ward     

Cincinnati's wunderkind is fresh off setting the single-game record for receiving yards by a rookie. In their first matchup, Chase only caught six passes for 49 yards. Ward had an interception return for a touchdown and deflected three passes.





Matchup to watch according to Browns Backers of North Jersey:

 



Browns Secondary vs. Bengals WRs Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins


With Joe Mixon out, the Bengals will look to throw the ball.  Not sure how long Chase and Higgins will play, if at all, but the Browns secondary needs to lock them down.


 

Who will win and why according to USA Today Sports Weekly:


The Bengals have revenge and playoff seeding on the line. The Browns, meanwhile, were eliminated from playoff contention before Week 17.

                           

BENGALS-28  BROWNS-20

 

Who will win and why according to Browns Backers of North Jersey:  


This will be a game of back-up quarterbacks, but the Browns have Nick Chubb and a good defense.  Case Keenum will not make the same mistakes as Baker Mayfield and the defense should fluster the Bengals 2nd string QB and RB at home.

 

BROWNS-27  BENGALS-17



Who will win according to Browns Backers of North Jersey President Steve Stavrenos:


BROWNS-24  BENGALS-18



2021 SEASON STANDINGS:

 

USA TODAY SPORTS WEEKLY: 12-4
BROWNS BACKERS OF NORTH JERSEY: 7-9
BROWNS BACKERS OF NORTH JERSEY PRESIDENT STEVE STAVRENOS: 7-9

 

 
 

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