NFL Power Rankings, Week 14: Eagles look to keep NFC East race interesting

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22. Cleveland Browns

Following two impressive wins in a row over the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals, the Houston Texans gave the Cleveland Browns a major wake-up call when looking at how brutal Sunday’s 29-13 loss really was. Before anyone points out that Baker Mayfield finished the day with 397 yards to go along with a touchdown pass, also keep in mind that most of his numbers came after the team was already down 23-0.

Not to mention, the former Oklahoma star finished the game with three interceptions as well, showing that Mayfield is still a work in progress after all for Cleveland. Of course, there’s no reason for concern over a loss like this since the Browns have known all along that Mayfield would most likely experience some growing pains like most rookie quarterbacks during their first NFL season.

Experience is the main thing Cleveland is focused on the most when it comes to Mayfield since they know in the long run, the playing time he is receiving as a rookie will help him develop into the quarterback they need him to be. With a favorable Week 14 matchup against the Carolina Panthers, Mayfield shouldn’t have any trouble bouncing back against their struggling defense.