Power Rankings: No. 20 Cleveland Browns

A weekly examination of the Browns’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 28 | Last week: 25 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Cleveland Browns are close to moving into unfamiliar territory, and they and their fans have to be thrilled about it.

The Browns moved from No. 31 in the Week 3 rankings to 20 after trading running back Trent Richardson and moving third quarterback Brian Hoyer into the starting spot. Those moves were treated as cataclysmic by many, but the result has been two consecutive wins over playoff teams in 2012 (Minnesota and Cincinnati) and an 11-spot jump in the Power Rankings.

The last time the Browns were ranked 20th was the 15th week of the 2012 season.

A win Thursday night over Buffalo might even move the Browns into the teens. That hasn’t happened since the Browns were ranked 17th in Week 2 of the 2008 season.