Crazy week for in the AFC North, as the Ravens put a serious dent in the Steelers playoff hopes, and the other 2 teams both lost. Now Pittsburgh needs to hope the Chiefs or Jets stumble, as both teams won out for the right to decide their own destiny. As the teams as the playoff and draft seeding gets ever closer to finalizing. The Bengals locked up the division with the Steelers loss, but still are fighting for a be. Meanwhile the Cleveland Browns look to be a lock for a bottom 2 pick to grab an immediate impact players for 2016, if they don't mess up the pick.
Cleveland Browns vs Kansas City Chiefs: 13-17
The Browns now live or die with Johnny Manziel, and this week he was completely ineffective, completing just 40% of his passes. The defense did their job, holding the Chiefs to just 17 points, and shutting them out in the second half, but the offense could not hold up their end, despite over 200 rushing yards including 108 from Manziel.
In losing, the Browns keep up their top pick hopes alive as they fall down to 3-12. The Baltimore Ravens won this week, leaving it a race with the Tennessee Titans for the first overall pick in the Bosa sweepstakes. However, the only chance the Browns have at the first pick would be for the Titans to beat the Colts in week 17.
Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers: 20-17
The best rivalry in the league continues to deliver. Despite the NFL making the mistake of flexing the game out of primetime, this was one of the best games of the week. Ryan Mallett led the Ravens down the field time and time again, spreading the ball around to 7 different receivers and completing 68% of his passes. The defense stepped up and stopped Ben Roethlisberger, taking the ball away from him twice, and nearly a third time before Jimmy Smith's 100 yard pick six was negated by a boneheaded penalty on Courtney Upshaw. It came down to the wire, and in typical Ravens- Steelers fashion was decided by 3 points.
This leaves the Ravens a few slots lower in the draft order, as well as likely spoilers for the Steelers playoff hopes. The Steelers need to win, combined with the Jets (in Buffalo) losing in week 17 to make the playoffs.
Cincinnati Bengals vs Denver Broncos: 20-23, OT
In a back and forth battle for the 2nd seed and a bye, Brock Osweiler outplayed fellow youngster A.J. McCarron with the game on the line, leading the game winning drive in overtime after kicker Brandon McManus missed a game winning field goal in regulation. The Broncos defense struggled early, surrendering a quick 14 point lead, but they buckled down for the rest of the game and gave their offense time to put points on the board. The Bengals had trouble stopping the run, with C.J. Anderson averaging over 8.0 yards a carry.
The Bengals now can only grab a first round bye with a Denver loss and a win against the Ravens. They are locked into a top 3 playoff spot.