Power Rankings: No. 18 Cleveland Browns

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

Preseason: 28 | Last Week: 16 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The voters were generous this week to the Cleveland Browns. They dropped after Sunday’s 31-17 loss to Detroit, but only two spots -- from 16 to 18 in the weekly power poll.

In general, any team that has a quarterback who tries a sideways backhand flip with his back to the line of scrimmage should drop at least five spots. That it was only two speaks to the generosity and kindness of the voters, who clearly feel some sort of pity and empathy for this team. Browns fans might want to drop a thank-you note to ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano, who ranked the Browns 14th. (Mike Sando had them 22nd.)

The next three games before the Browns' bye week will tell a lot in where the team ranks as the season progresses. The Browns travel to Green Bay and Kansas City before returning home to play the Ravens.

Not only does Brandon Weeden need to play better, he’ll have to play better against three of the top nine teams in the league when it comes to sacking the quarterback. That’s not exactly the matchup this particular quarterback needs as he tries to find himself.