Rebuilding for a few years has finally paid off for the Cleveland Browns. They reached the playoffs for the first time in 18 years last season and head into the fall with their eyes set on making it a regular occurrence. Browns fans will love the team's spot in ESPN's latest NFL power rankings.
Cleveland checks in as the fourth-highest ranked AFC team at No. 7. The Browns find themselves just one spot below the rivaled Baltimore Ravens. The two teams expected to battle it out for the NFC North divisional crown are set to face off in Weeks 12 & 14 of the 2021 regular season.
Of course, the Browns are paced by their dominant rushing attack. Both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt posted at least 1,100 yards from scrimmage and 11 total touchdowns last season. Overall, Cleveland averaged 4.8 yards per carry (T-No. 5 in NFL) and 145.2 rushing yards per game (Bo. 4 in NFL) in 2020.
The Browns also made a flurry of moves this offseason to revamp its defensive core. The team's actions were highlighted by signing pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney to pair up with All-Pro Myles Garrett along the defensive line. Cleveland also brought in safety John Johnson III (105 tackles in 2020) to improve its secondary.
All things considered, the Browns have proven that they are not a team to be overlooked. They are a dark horse candidate to upset the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Conference. Cleveland currently has the eighth-best odds to win the Super Bowl at +1600, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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