The Cleveland Browns shocked a lot of people in Week 14. Coming off of their bye week, the Browns went toe-to-toe with the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens, defeating their rivals 24-22. As a result, the Browns are surging up ESPN's latest NFL Power Rankings.
Last week, ESPN had listed Cleveland as the No. 19 team. However, the team's latest victory has it moving up four spots to No. 15.
Browns Power Ranking
When it comes to the other AFC North teams ahead of them, the Browns only rank one spot behind the No. 14 Cincinnati Bengals. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens sit at No. 10 after their Week 14 loss.
Further improving their rankings will come down to whether or not the Browns can finally find consistency. While their most recent win was impressive, they still haven't won consecutive games since winning three in a row between Weeks 2 and 4.
A big reason why Cleveland has turned things around lately is because of its defense. The Browns have allowed just 16.0 points per game over their last three contests, which ranks fifth-best in the NFL during that span.
While every game is important at this stage of the season, the Browns' postseason hopes could come down to their final two weeks. Only 1.5 games separate the top of the AFC North to the bottom and Cleveland's final two games are against the Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Keeping that in mind, FanDuel Sportsbook gives the Browns the second-best odds (+195) to win their division.
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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.