Same old Browns.
It’s the three-word phrase that has been associated with the Cleveland Browns since the club returned to the National Football League in 1999. The same old Browns were unable to close out what should have been a road victory against division rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2014 NFL regular season opener, and the same old Browns couldn’t pick up a first down or make a defensive stop against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3.
The same old Browns would lose at the lowly Tennessee Titans after coming off of a Bye.
First-time head coach Mike Pettine vowed in the early days of his Cleveland tenure that these would not be the same old Browns. The time to prove it on the field is this coming Sunday. A good team and legitimate playoff contender doesn’t drop a game at the Titans.
Let’s see what these Browns are made of this fall.
Cleveland Browns Week 5 NFL power rankings: Pete Prisco
Ranking: No. 24
The senior NFL columnist for CBS dropped the Browns two spots in his latest NFL power rankings despite the fact that Cleveland was off last week. “Can Brian Hoyer keep up the fast start and keep Johnny Manziel on the bench? The defense has to play better,” Prisco wrote.
A defense that was supposed to be the strength of the Browns shrunk in two games against AFC North opponents in September. That is unacceptable, as the Browns could realistically be 3-0. Hoyer has played well, but teams and quarterbacks are only as good as their records. Hoyer is 1-2 as a starter in 2014, and Manziel may get the nod in Week 6 if the Browns fall to 1-3.
Cleveland Browns Week 5 NFL power rankings: Justin Rogers
Ranking: No. 21
Rogers has the Browns moving up NFL power rankings. Cleveland was at No. 22 in his Week 4 list.
Several teams that had been ahead of the Browns suffered defeats in Week 4. The New Orleans Saints are at 1-3 and may be the most disappointing team in all of the NFL. Following their second loss of the campaign, the Buffalo Bills have made a quarterback switch. Perhaps the New York Jets should consider doing the same.
Michael Vick can’t play worse than Geno Smith.