Cleveland Browns ranked No. 27 in FanSided preseason power rankings

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The Cleveland Browns picked up a win in their preseason opener, and end up out of the basement of FanSided’s preseason power rankings.

The hype is real as the Cleveland Browns picked up a victory in the 2017 preseason opener.

It is only preseason but it was nice to see the team have something to celebrate after such a brutal 2016 season. Regular season wins are all that ultimately matter, but this young team has to start somewhere.

The Browns enter the season with low expectations, but that doesn’t mean they can’t surprise fans.

FanSided released a NFL power rankings list after the first week of preseason games, and the Browns came in at No. 27 overall.

From the article:

"It would be unwise to put so much into one game. But when you’re a team that enters 2017 with a cumulative 88-200 win-loss record the past 18 seasons, you hang on the positives. It may still prove to be another long year for the Cleveland Browns, but this looks like a franchise not long for some eventual success."

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Hanging on to the positives is essential for Browns fans, and a No. 27 overall ranking is fair. It is not much of an accomplishment to not be considered the worst team in the league, but it is a big step for a team coming off a 1-15 season.

It will be hard to get a sense of how this team will perform all season until a starting quarterback is decided upon, but even then we will still likely see several players start this season unless a miraculous Hoyer-esque start is had.

There are plenty of other things that must go right for the team to continue rising in power rankings, but the rebuilding process involves a lot of small steps leading to that eventual leap into being a contender.

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