AFC Power Rankings Week 15: Patriots back on top, Bengals slide

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Cleveland Browns. 13. player. 53. <p>The Browns hop up to their highest ranking in recent memory thanks to their commanding victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Finally, those orange jerseys on brown pants actually translated into a victory for the Browns.</p> <p>How did the Browns win for the first time in two months? Well, they owned the ground game for once. Isaiah Crowell rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns on 20 attempts, and the run defense held the 49ers’ running backs to just 52 yards. It also didn’t hurt that the Cleveland pass rush erupted for nine sacks of Blaine Gabbert; the unit had totaled just 17 before Week 14.</p> <p>The Johnny Manziel show continues with a road trip out west to Seattle and Kansas City followed by the season finale at home against the Steelers. Winning two of those three games would almost certainly mean Johnny gets the starting job in 2016 (he should).</p>. NFC North. 3-10

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