BEREA — The Browns won't miraculously make the playoffs this season.

With the Tennessee Titans' 25-16 victory over Washington on Saturday night, the Browns were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention.

But if rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield gets his way, they'll still make it to 8-7-1.

Wins over the Cincinnati Bengals in Sunday's sold-out home finale at FirstEnergy Stadium and the Baltimore Ravens in the Dec. 30 regular-season finale at M&T Bank Stadium would allow the Browns to finish a season with a winning record for the first time since 2007, when they went 10-6 but missed the playoffs.

Asked an innocuous question Wednesday about a postseason berth becoming unrealistic, Mayfield publicly challenged his teammates to keep pushing — or else.

"We want to win our last two games. If the guys on this team don’t want to do that, then you can get out," Mayfield said. "That's quite frankly how I feel. We have a lot of guys that are playing on their contract year. That also doesn't need to be a distraction. You need to go out and do your job."

The Browns (6-7-1) have rallied around Mayfield's comments.

"I love it. I'll back that up," interim coach Gregg Williams said. "That's why [Mayfield] has the locker room. In practice, there could be a bad play or two, and then all of a sudden, bam, he circles the wagons."

For the record, strong safety Jabrill Peppers, free safety Damarious Randall and wide receiver Jarvis Landry said they're convinced no Browns players will mail it in.

"We can finish this thing with a winning record, and I'm with [Mayfield]. If you don't want to do that, you can leave," Peppers said.

"I'm 100 percent committed, and I would give everything I can to win these last two games," Randall added.

"It definitely could be a special year for us next year ... but we also have to finish this year on a strong note," Landry said. "I think that creates the momentum, the motivation and the push that we need [for] next season."

Winners of four of their past five games, the Browns could view coach Hue Jackson's return to Cleveland as another motivational factor. Jackson's presence as an assistant on the sideline of the Bengals less than a month after the Browns fired him fueled his former players en route to Cleveland's 35-20 triumph on Nov. 25 in Cincinnati.

"He’s on the other side now, and that’s how I look at it," Landry said. "Either you’re with us or against us, and I’ll leave it at that."

The Browns have a chance to finish 5-2-1 at home. They have already clinched their best record on the lakefront since 2007, when they went 7-1 in Cleveland.

Defeating the Bengals (6-8) would also give the Browns a season sweep of an AFC North foe for the first time since 2007, when they went 2-0 against the Ravens. They haven't swept the Bengals since 2002.

The Browns are 2-1-1 in the division this season. Since the AFC North formed in 2002, the most divisional wins they've earned in one season is three (2002 and 2007). They would reach four this season if they win out.

"If we can sweep [the Bengals] and have a winning record in our division, it's a good start for us and something we can build on," left guard Joel Bitonio said.

Handling success the right way will be a key for the Browns this weekend. Most Las Vegas sports books favor them by nine points over the Bengals. This is just the sixth time the expansion-era Browns have been favored by more than seven points and the first time since 2013, according to ProFootballReference.com. Since 1999, the only time they had previously been favored by more than 8.5 points was in 2007.

"When other things start to creep in, those distractions cause hesitations," Williams said of being heavily favored. "There's not enough time for anybody to hesitate because the ability and speed at this level gets you beat."

The Browns won't experience a letdown if they meet Mayfield's demands. Their work is not done, but he's confident they're turning the corner.

"Ever since I have been comfortable enough, kind of let my personality show and let all of that go, we've started to see everybody else do that," Mayfield said. "And it's a culture change."

Fine time

The NFL fined the following Browns players stemming from last week's win in Denver: linebacker Jamie Collins ($26,739 for unnecessary roughness), rookie receiver Antonio Callaway ($10,026 for unsportsmanlike conduct) and receiver Breshad Perriman ($10,026 for unsportsmanlike conduct). Also, Broncos cornerback Jamar Taylor was docked $10,026 for unnecessary roughness.

Nate Ulrich can be reached at nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com. Read his Browns coverage at www.ohio.com/browns. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ByNateUlrich and on Facebook www.facebook.com/abj.sports.