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Around the AFC North: Baker Mayfield's Struggles Continue


The Ravens extended their lead in the AFC North to two games with a 23-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6.

Here's what's going on around the rest of the division:

Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield's Struggles Continue

Baker Mayfield set the rookie record for touchdown passes (27) in a season last year. He's feeling the sophomore slump this year, however.

Mayfield leads the league with 11 interceptions. Only one other quarterback, Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston, has more than seven. Mayfield threw three picks, including one late in the game with a chance at a game-winning drive, in a 32-28 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday afternoon.

Mayfield now has a quarterback rating of 66.0 this season. Among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts, only the Dolphins' Josh Rosen has a lower rating.

The second-year quarterback was fired up about the officiating in Sunday's loss, which saw the Browns blow a 20-9 lead. If the Browns are going to rally in the AFC North race, they'll need better results from Mayfield.

"I play best when I'm angry," he said.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Big Win in Los Angeles With Devlin Hodges

Don't count the Steelers out of the AFC North race just yet. Pittsburgh improved to 2-4 with a big win against the Los Angeles Chargers on the West Coast.

The Steelers built a 24-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter thanks to one defensive touchdown and two scores by running back James Conner.

Undrafted rookie quarterback Devlin Hodges started in place of Mason Rudolph as Rudolph continues to bounce back from Earl Thomas' knockout hit that concussed him last week. Hodges was efficient, completing 15 of 20 passes for 132 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Pittsburgh still has two games against the Browns left on the schedule and one versus the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 17.

Cincinnati Bengals: Not Trading A.J. Green

The Ravens kept the Bengals winless at 0-6, and questions about how much A.J. Green's absence is hampering them are still being asked weekly.

Green had offseason ankle surgery, which came off toe surgery late last season. He has yet to play in a game this season, but his first real chance to play could come next week, per's Geoff Hobson.

Considering the Bengals' rough start, trade rumors have started to pop up in Cincinnati and Green says his phone has been ringing with people wondering if it's true.

"I tell everybody I haven't heard anything," Green said. "I don't fantasize about anything like that. I'm just trying to get healthy and go from there."

First-year Head Coach Zac Taylor stomped on the rumors last week, saying, "I’ve heard the speculation. We are not trading that guy."

Second-year wide receiver Auden Tate has stepped in admirably for Green, and posted five catches for 91 yards in Baltimore.

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