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The tight AFC North race has finally begun to gain clarity as two teams have officially been eliminated from playoff contention. All is right Color Rush Renell Wren Jersey , in terms of NFL narratives, as both the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers were once again jockeying for the divisional crown in Week 16. It’s time for a rundown of the division’s happenings this past weekend and where everyone stands after their Week 16 contests.Bengals at BrownsThe rematch of 2018’s chapter of “The Battle of Ohio” is in the books and the Cleveland Browns have swept the Bengals in the annual series for the first time since 2002. In case you were wondering, that year was the last in the pre-Marvin Lewis era. Baker Mayfield continued his run for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year with three more touchdown passes against the Bengals. In the two contests against Cincinnati this year, Mayfield has thrown seven touchdowns against zero interceptions, as well as 542 yards leading the Browns to break out the brooms this Sunday. Oh, and in case you were wondering about Mayfield’s level of joy in taking to his old coach Hue Jackson once again:On the other side of the field, there were really only a couple of players with notable performances. Running back Joe Mixon eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards on the season with his 68 tough yards on the ground. Quarterback Jeff Driskel struggled throughout most of the game, but did throw two late touchdown passes to John Ross and C.J. Uzomah, respectively, to make the game interesting with a few minutes to play. In defense of both, Cincinnati’s offensive line was atrocious most of the day, allowing three sacks and committing multiple penalties. The Bengals’ defense wasn’t much better, failing to get a sack of their own Cheap Renell Wren Jersey , while allowing points on seven straight possessions in the game. The two teams are heading in completely different directions as they head into the offseason. Cleveland looks to be a solid opponent going forward thanks to their 2018 draft haul, while Cincinnati might be on track for a coach and/or roster upheaval along with a possible fan revolt if/when the status quo is kept. Baltimore RavensThe Ravens got an early start to their weekend with a marquee Saturday night matchup in Los Angeles against the Chargers. Baltimore’s defense came up with three huge turnovers to defeat the Chargers on their home turf, 22-10. Lamar Jackson went to 5-1 as the Ravens’ starter, as they looked to steal the AFC North away from the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was 12-of-22 for 220 yards and a touchdown, while Tavon Young’s 62-yard fumble recovery and touchdown sealed the gigantic win for Baltimore.Philip Rivers had an uncharacteristically poor evening, throwing two interceptions along with only 181 passing yards and zero touchdowns. Melvin Gordon returned to the lineup for the first time in almost a month, but only netted 41 rushing yards on 12 attempts. There has been a lot of good news surrounding the Ravens lately, including Jackson’s performances and the team stating its desire to retain John Harbaugh. And, with the win (along with that of the Titans on Saturday), Baltimore officially eliminated the Browns from playoff contention. Pittsburgh SteelersWith the Ravens’ win on Saturday, Pittsburgh found themselves in the unfamiliar position of having their backs against the wall. And, with a couple of tough games at the end of their schedule in the form of the Patriots and Saints, they had far from an easy path to the postseason. Having beaten New England last week, it was off to New Orleans to face the current Super Bowl favorite in their own domain. It was a tight contest throughout the entire afternoon Renell Wren Jersey Womens , but the Saints prevailed at home, 31-28. Ben Roethlisberger was outstanding with 380 passing yards and three touchdowns, but couldn’t get the Steelers in the end zone with a minute and a half to play. Drew Brees also had a 300-yard passing day, while Pro Bowl snub Alvin Kamara had two rushing touchdowns. With the win, New Orleans clinches the No. 1 seed in the NFL playoff picture. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, is now on the outside looking in when it comes to the AFC bracket. Because of that costly Week 1 tie against Cleveland, they currently sit a half-game back from Baltimore for the division crown. The Ravens host Cleveland next week, while Pittsburgh is at home against Cincinnati. To get into the playoffs, the Steelers not only need to beat the Bengals, but they also need the Ravens to lose against the Browns.Updated AFC North standings:Baltimore Ravens: 9-6 (2-3 in division, 7-4 in conference)Pittsburgh Steelers: 8-6-1 (3-2-1 in division, 5-5-1 in conference)Cleveland Browns 7-7-1 (3-1-1 in division, 5-5-1 in conference)Cincinnati Bengals: 6-9 (1-4 in division Renell Wren Cincinnati Bengals Jersey , 4-7 in conference)Updated AFC Playoff Picture:Kansas City Chiefs: 11-4 (First in AFC West, clinched playoff spot)New England Patriots: 10-5 (Clinched AFC East)Houston Texans: 10-5 (First in AFC South, clinched playoff spot)Baltimore Ravens: 9-6 (First in AFC North)Los Angeles Chargers: 11-4 (Second in AFC West, clinched playoff spot)Indianapolis Colts: 9-6 (Second in AFC South)Tennessee Titans: 9-6 (Third in AFC South)Pittsburgh Steelers: 8-6-1 (Second in AFC North Patrick Mahomes is the hottest name in the NFL. He is having a stellar first year as the signal caller for the Chiefs offense and has them looking like serious Super Bowl contenders.Mahomes has a huge arm and the vertical passing game is a big part of what the Chiefs do. The four-vertical passing concept is the foundation of the vertical passing game and sets up other deep concepts as well. Here is a look at the Chief’s four-vertical passing concept.Back in Week 2, Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton comes across the formation and safety Morgan Burnett bumps out as Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill motions. They end up in an inverted form of Cover 2, the Sutton playing the deep half and Burnett playing the flat. Mahomes’ first read should have been Chris Conley, the slot wide receiver on the other side of the formation, who runs the bender route (vertical route that bends to split the difference between Cover 2 safeties). Burnett jumps the swing route by running back Kareem Hunt instead of dropping underneath Hill’s vertical route. This coupled with Sutton sitting on tight end Travis Kelce’s seam route means Hill (who is generally the second read against Cover 2) is wide open. Mahomes passes on these open receivers and throws the ball just behind Kelce who catches it for a touchdown. This is good placement, as it keeps the ball away from the safety.Here Kelce has kind of the opposite of the bender mentioned above. In this empty formation, Kelce lines up as the third receiver on the bottom of the screen. His job is to run the vertical seam route on the top of the screen, which would naturally cause his to bend his route across the formation. If there was a deep middle safety the middle of the field would be closed (MFC) and he would run across the safety and make the safety choose between the two seam routes. Since the middle of the field is open (MFO) with two deep safeties, Kelce splits the two safeties and Mahomes makes the right read, throwing him the touchdown.This is a really interesting play design, and really just another way for the Chiefs to get players in the same parts of the field as they were on the first clip. Hunt Renell Wren Jersey 2019 , who is lined up as the widest receiver on the left-hand side, motions into the backfield and swings to the right. The next guy inside of Hunt is wide receiver Sammy Watkins who runs the seam, while the third receiver, Chris Coley wheels and becomes the outside deep threat. Similarly, Kelce is wheeling outside of Hill’s seam route on the bottom of the screen. Mahomes throws an incompletion in the direction of Watkins.On this play from Week 1, the two receivers on the bottom of the screen run vertical, while full back Anthony Sherman wheels out from his H-back position on the top of the screen. This play is a little different in that Kelce hitches up. The Chiefs have a diverse passing game that stems off of the four vertical concept and features many variations. Kelce’s presence forces the most athletic defender on that side of the formation, cornerback Trevor Williams, to run with him while linebacker Kyle Emanuel sherman runs with Sherman. Mahomes throws a great ball here, converting it for a touchdown.The Bengals tend to run more MFC, with Jessie Bates III as the lone safety occupying the middle of the field. When the Chiefs run two receivers up the seams Mahomes will be reading Bates to determine where the ball will go. Bates must play in between the two routes and read Mahomes in order to determine where and when to break on the ball. The Bengals will also likely see deep comebacks on the outside as cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick and William Jackson play off in Cover 3.