The return of the NFL after its hiatus signified a return to normalcy. No more having to wonder what we would do on a fall Sunday afternoon without football, or what we’d do with the extra time not spent meticulously building our fantasy football rosters.
No, because of the lockout, everything pretty much went back to normal. That includes seeing the Cleveland Browns near the bottom of ESPN’s Power Rankings (or just about any set of Power Rankings for that matter), which was the case yesterday in the first set of rankings for the 2011 season.
The Browns start the season ranked 28th, ahead of only the Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, and Cincinnati Bengals.
A familiar cast of characters tops the list, as the top ten teams are as follows:
1. Green Bay Packers
2. New England Patriots
3. Philadelphia Eagles
4. New Orleans Saints
5. Pittsburgh Steelers
6. Atlanta Falcons
7. New York Jets
8. Indianapolis Colts
9. Baltimore Ravens
10. San Diego Chargers
Stay tuned as we release our first set of Power Rankings which will, most likely, have the Browns in a similar position.