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By Sunday’s end, it would prove to be another very telling week of NFL games as the playoff picture continued to come into focus.

It’s safe to say we got our share of the NFL this past week. There was the Thursday night clash between the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts, a pair of Saturday contests in Detroit (Bears vs. Lions) and Kansas City (Chargers vs. Chiefs) and 12 more games on Sunday. That includes the “War of the Gargantuas” at Heinz Field between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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There was also the NFC West showdown between the Rams and Seahawks in Seattle. And some guy named Aaron Rodgers returned to the playing field after a two-month absence to face the Panthers in Carolina.

All told, call it an early Christmas present for football fans. So how do all 32 teams now rank from naughty to nice?


Cleveland Browns


Last week: L, 27-10 vs BAL
Last rank: 32nd

Recap: Another game and another loss for head coach Hue Jackson and his team as turnovers were once again the story for the winless Browns. Rookie quarterback Deshone Kizer and the Cleveland offense managed a mere 266 total yards and the young signal-caller had three of the team’s four miscues. Kizer was picked off twice and also lost a fumble to the opportunistic Ravens, the latter turned into a short recovery for a touchdown by defensive linemen Brandon Williams. The usually-staunch Browns’ defense gave up 376 total yards to Joe Flacco and the NFL’s 27th-ranked offense.

Next Week: The Browns make their first appearance in the Windy City since 2009 and take on a Chicago Bears’ team that owns a perfect 3-0 record vs. AFC North teams this season. As for this series, the Bears came away with a 38-31 win in 2013 at Cleveland in the most recent edition of this interconference rivalry.

Draft Talk: In a recent interview with ESPN Cleveland Radio host Aaron Goldhammer, new Browns’ general manager John Dorsey had some strong thoughts.I’ll come straight out with it, the guys who were here before and that system, they didn’t get real players.” It’s safe to say the GM has already put a little added pressure on himself.

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