- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:
The Cincinnati Bengals have to play a lot tougher to prevail against the Baltimore Ravens.
Morning take: The Bengals won last year with toughness, but I don't know where that went last week against the New England Patriots. Cincinnati has to get back to its 2009 form quickly or the team could start 0-2.
Baltimore's secondary will be tested by the Bengals.
Morning take: Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer will challenge the Ravens' D in ways New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez couldn't. It will be one of the key matchups in this game.
Should the Cleveland Browns push the panic button?
Morning take: If Cleveland loses to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, yes. The Browns desperately need a win or they could struggle to get victories for the next month or two.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich aims to return on Sept. 26.
Morning take: That could present an interesting dilemma if Dennis Dixon is winning but continues to make mistakes. Would the Steelers make a change to the veteran?