Around the AFC North: Browns Have an Odell Beckham Jr. Controversy


The Ravens are still three games up in the AFC North with three games left to play, meaning Baltimore needs to win one more game to clinch the division title.

That could come as early as Thursday night against the New York Jets, ending the AFC North race with two divisional matchups left.

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

Cleveland: Browns Have an Odell Beckham Jr. Controversy

Even though the Browns' playoff hopes are hanging by a thread, the attention around them hasn't died down. Cleveland has another controversy, this time with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

The Athletic's Jay Glazer reported Sunday that Beckham has told players and coaches on other teams that he wants out of Cleveland. Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports confirmed the report.

Last week, Beckham was vague about whether he envisioned himself being a Brown next season.

"What the does the future hold? I don''t know," Beckham said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "No one knows what the future holds tomorrow. I couldn't tell you. 

"I couldn't sit here and tell you whether I'm going to be here, want to be here, don't want to be here. This is exactly where I'm at right now, and I wouldn't rather be anywhere else."

Beckham has posted 59 catches for 844 yards and two touchdowns this season, which are all below his average. Part of the reason for that could be that he's been playing through a sports hernia all year, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Then quarterback Baker Mayfield, who went 11-of-24 for 192 yards and two interceptions, got into the controversy. After Sunday's win, he said Beckham's injury "wasn't handled right" in the Browns' training room. Mayfield later apologized on social media for the remarks.

Pittsburgh: Steelers Keep Winning With Playoffs in Reach

The Steelers have won seven of their last eight games. It's not on pace with the Ravens' nine-game winning streak, but not far off.

Pittsburgh (8-5) still sits in the No. 6 and final playoff spot in the AFC. The top competition comes from the Tennessee Titans, who are tied with the Houston Texans at 8-5 atop the AFC South.

The Steelers' latest win in Arizona played out in their typical style. Pittsburgh picked off Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray three times and sacked him five times. Cornerback Joe Haden got two picks. Undrafted rookie quarterback Devlin "Duck" Hodges threw for 152 yards and one touchdown.

The Steelers have a tough game on Sunday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills and could have a playoff spot on the line when they travel to Baltimore in Week 17.

Cincinnati: Bengals' Joe Mixon Has a Career Day in Loss

A week after getting their first win of the season, the Bengals fell to the Browns, 27-19. They gave them a fight, however, and trailed by just one point at halftime.

Running back Joe Mixon was sluggish over the first half of the season, but has turned it on lately and had a career day on Sunday with 23 carries for 146 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 40 more yards. Mixon will be a big part of the Bengals' foundation moving forward.

In his second game since returning as the starter, quarterback Andy Dalton threw a pick-six and didn't score a touchdown.

The Bengals will next take on the New England Patriots, who have dropped two straight games.

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