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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Cleveland Browns

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Cleveland Browns rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 8 roundup for the Browns in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 12

Prediction we missed: QB Baker Mayfield and WR Odell Beckham Jr. would finally find their chemistry.

Injuries have played a major part in why Mayfield and Beckham have yet to find any groove together this season. Mayfield is currently nursing a left shoulder injury, while Beckham sat the first two games following last year's season-ending knee injury. Still, the two are just not in sync, from a wide-open miss from Mayfield in Minnesota to a fourth-down drop by OBJ in Los Angeles. Time is running out on the two to figure it out. -- Jake Trotter

NFL.com -- Rank: 13

The Browns probably have quality NFL running backs stuck between couch cushions at team headquarters. Third-stringer D'Ernest Johnson stepped up on Thursday night, rushing for 146 yards and a touchdown in a 17-14 win over the Broncos. The shifty back should remain in the mix even when Nick Chubb returns to the lineup. Meanwhile, Case Keenum got the victory in his first start in Cleveland -- could Keenum make the, um, case to stay in the lineup if he thrives in another start? Kevin Stefanski is a big fan of the veteran, a fact undoubtedly on Baker Mayfield's mind as the starter is sidelined with a seriously fouled-up left shoulder.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 13

Winning with a backup quarterback is always a challenge, but they met it head on last Thursday. Now comes a key division game with the Steelers.

USA Today -- Rank: 14

Don't forget Kevin Stefanski was Case Keenum's quarterback coach in Minnesota in 2017, when the Vikings won the division and reached the NFC title round. This just might work ...

The Athletic -- Rank: 12

Trick or treat: Myles Garrett, the NFL's sack leader and current NFL Defensive Player of the Year favorite, put an actual quarterback graveyard in his front yard. Kids these days will do anything for The Gram, but Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney give the Browns a chance to scare opposing quarterbacks and offensive coordinators even when it's not late October. The Browns don't know who their quarterback will be while Baker Mayfield deals with significant injuries to his non-throwing shoulder, but Nick Chubb and Jack Conklin are set to return from injury. Cleveland has enough talent to put together a little run, but it's also fair to think the Browns still need to prove they're more treat than trick.

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