- Odell Beckham waging personal battle on how to lead the Browns (cleveland.com) - Odell Beckham, arguably the most popular player in the NFL and one of the most outspoken, is still trying to find his voice in the Browns locker room as they head into one of their biggest games of the season here Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
- Magnitude of first AFC North game not lost on Browns (ohio.com) - The streets of Baltimore were overflowing with rejoicing Ravens fans when the Browns boarded buses and fled M&T Bank Stadium on Dec. 30. The Ravens had prevailed 26-24 in the regular-season finale, capturing their third AFC North title and seventh playoff berth under coach John Harbaugh.
- Beat-up Odell Beckham ran circles around Ravens in only meeting (Canton Repository) - The Baltimore Ravens have learned this lesson. Don’t play man coverage on Odell Beckham Jr. Pay no attention if he’s crawling. Beckham, who will play his second career game against the Ravens on Sunday, was in bad shape when Baltimore traveled to New York to face the Giants in mid-October of 2016.
- Antonio Brown Says Lamar Jackson Should Have Been Drafted Before Baker Mayfield (si.com) - Antonio Brown took a shot at Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on Saturday as the free-agent wideout responded to criticism from Mayfield in an Instagram comment.
- Rams’ Aaron Donald not kidding about needing more sacks (LA Times) - After placing his phone on the shelf of his locker Friday, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald turned to face reporters. Donald’s children were visible on the phone screen, and they were watching their father on FaceTime. “They said they want five sacks,” Donald said, “so I got to get myself going.”
- NFL, NFL Referees Association announces new seven-year labor deal (PFT) - The NFL still has to achieve labor peace with its players. The NFL has indeed achieved labor peace with its game officials.
- Dak Prescott’s homecoming a business trip for him (ESPN) - The fleur-de-lis on the sign for Limitz Barbershop in Bossier City, Louisiana, gives away Torrian Brock’s loyalty to the New Orleans Saints. But that loyalty will be tested Sunday because of his feelings for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. Brock started cutting Prescott’s hair when the quarterback was in seventh grade and remains close to the family, meeting up with Prescott when he returns home.