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have asked for a better scenario heading into Sunday’s AFC North matchup with the Cleveland Browns.“At the beginning of the season Kevin Zeitler Jersey , if we say we control our destiny going into the last game, we can win the division, we’d have all signed up for that,” coach John Harbaugh said this week.The situation would have been even more ideal if these were the same old awful Browns, who went 1-15 in 2016 and 0-16 last year.Article continues below ...Cleveland (7-7-1) has rattled off five victories in its past six games, including the past three in a row. Striving to complete their first winning season since 2007 and eager to play the spoiler’s role against the team that left Cleveland for Baltimore after the 1995 season, the Browns have plenty of incentive to beat the Ravens (9-6).“We would obviously love to have this one and end the season on a very, very high note,” rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield said. “Obviously, disappointing somebody else’s playoff hopes, that is motivation, too.”Browns interim coach Gregg Williams, who replaced Hue Jackson in late October, called it “our playoff game.”The guidance of Williams and the stellar play of Mayfield have turned things around for the Browns, who beat Baltimore 12-9 in overtime on Oct. 7 when Jackson was their coach and Joe Flacco was the Ravens quarterback.A month after that game, rookie Lamar Jackson took over at quarterback Joel Bitonio Color Rush Jersey Joel Bitonio Color Rush Jersey lling for the Browns, one of their bitter rivals.If Cleveland can knock off Baltimore and Pittsburgh takes care of Cincinnati, the Steelers will win the AFC North and slide into the playoffs.“It’s the NFL, man. It’s crazy ,” Browns guard Joel Bitonio said of the unusual season-ending scenario. “Any other week I’m sure people would’ve been like, ‘What are you talking about?’ But it’s how the NFL works. They need us to win and it’s part of it. I don’t think it changes how we attack the week or anything like that, but it’s a cool story.”PERRIMAN RETURNSCleveland wide receiver Breshad Perriman returns to Baltimore, where he struggled after the Ravens picked him in the first round of the 2015 draft.Perriman sustained a knee injury on the first day of training camp in 2015, was placed on injured reserve in November and finished the season without a catch.He had 33 catches in 2016 and 10 last year before being released in September. The former Central Florida standout had a brief stint with the Redskins before latching on with Cleveland, where he’s caught 13 passes for 295 yards and a score.“Before the game it will be nice to say hi to him, and then we’ll defend him,” Harbaugh said. “We have a lot of respect for him as a player.”HEISMAN HISTORYMayfield and Lamar Jackson first bonded as Heisman Trophy hopefuls in New York. When Jackson won college football’s biggest honor as Louisville’s quarterback in 2016, Mayfield finished third. One year later, Mayfield added to Oklahoma’s strong Heisman legacy by beating out Jackson, who finished third.The experience brought the quarterbacks closer.“I know Lamar and his family pretty well, two years in a row going to New York City and throughout the draft process, as well. Great guy,” Mayfield said. “He is someone who is fun to be around.” For the past two years, the only late-season “rooting guides” we could write about were ones that would improve the Cleveland Browns’ draft position (i.e. see Week 17 of the 2017 season). Even though 3-6-1 might still feel like a bit of a stretch to start thinking about the playoffs, we don’t care! It is fun as hell to fantasize about Jarvis Landry Jersey , and we like to paint an optimistic picture:AFC Standings Heading into Week 12The Browns are unlikely to win the AFC North, since the Steelers are four wins ahead of Cleveland in the win column. Therefore, the playoff scenarios we will discuss will focus on the final wildcard spot, which Cleveland is only two wins behind in the win column (note: if the Browns finish tied in wins with any team for the final wildcard spot, Cleveland would get the edge due to having one less loss*).*Unless another team gets a tie between now and the end of the season.Week 12 Rooting Guide Summary (Most Important Right Now)Quite simply, we want everyone in front of the Browns to lose. There are a lot of teams (six) that need to lose — it won’t all happen in one week, but the idea is that Cleveland builds a winning streak, and week-by-week, the Browns move up as a subset of teams suffer a loss.Cleveland Browns defeat Cincinnati BengalsOakland Raiders defeat Baltimore RavensPittsburgh Steelers defeat Denver BroncosHouston Texans defeat Tennessee TitansMiami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts - Both of these teams are 5-5, and they each have relatively soft schedules moving forward. Therefore, it is a push on who to root for — but whoever wins this week, then we root for them to lose in the following week.These outcomes would allow Cleveland to move up to the 11th spot in the AFC. That doesn’t seem like much, but then a Week 13 win over Houston could put them in position to jump up as high as the 7th spot in the AFC in a best case scenario.Bonus Rooting (Help Take Other Teams Out of Mix)New England Patriots defeat New York JetsBuffalo Bills defeat Jacksonville JaguarsPlayoff SimulatorsESPN Playoff MachineNY Times Playoff MachineLet us know what crazy scenarios you come up with to show the Browns getting the sixth seed! Here is one for us, which even has the Browns losing one game and making it:
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