NFL Power Rankings: Browns move up

December, 4, 2012
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Congratulations are in order for the Cleveland Browns, who jumped up three spots in the power rankings. That tied the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins for the biggest move up for this week. Here's a recap of the Week 14 power rankings:

BALTIMORE RAVENS

ESPN Power Ranking: No. 6

My ranking: No. 6

2012 record: 9-3

Comment: The Ravens dropped a couple of spots after losing to Charlie Batch and the Steelers. Some might want to drop them more for losing to a third-string quarterback at home. But it's hard to put them below four-loss teams like Chicago, Green Bay and Indianapolis.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

ESPN Power Ranking: No. 11

My ranking: No. 12

2012 record: 7-5

Comment: This is the first time since Week 10 that the Bengals didn't move up. Still, it's hard to complain about where Cincinnati is ranked. Of the four 7-5 teams, only the Giants are above the Bengals. The Steelers are Seahawks are below them.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

ESPN Power Ranking: No. 13

My ranking: No. 11

2012 record: 7-5

Comment: I remain the only voter on the power rankings that has the Steelers above the Bengals. Pittsburgh inched up one spot after beating the previously No. 4 Ravens. It's good to see the Steelers are still above the popular Redskins, who were dominated in Pittsburgh earlier this year.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

ESPN Power Ranking: No. 24

My ranking: No. 23

2012 record: 4-8

Comment: The Browns have jumped a total of six spots in winning back-to-back games. Cleveland had never been higher than No. 27 all season. The Browns had spent 11 of the first 12 weeks of the season in the bottom three. There are five four-win teams, and the only one ranked higher than the Browns is the Lions.

Here are my rankings:

1. Texans

2. Falcons

3. Patriots

4. Broncos

5. 49ers

6. Ravens

7. Bears

8. Giants

9. Packers

10. Colts

11. Steelers

12. Bengals

13. Seahawks

14. Redskins

15. Cowboys

16. Rams

17. Buccaneers

18. Saints

19. Vikings

20. Dolphins

21. Jets

22. Bills

23. Browns

24. Lions

25. Cardinals

26. Chargers

27. Titans

28. Panthers

29. Raiders

30. Eagles

31. Chiefs

32. Jaguars

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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