Morning take: Bengals' pass rush

October, 8, 2010
Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:

  • The Cincinnati Bengals are last in the NFL with just three sacks in four games.
Morning take: This was a major focus in the offseason. But it hasn't showed thus far, because Cincinnati doesn't have many pure pass rushers on its roster.

  • Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is garnering respect for his dominance.
Morning take: I was covering the Cleveland Browns the year they passed Ngata for Kamerion Wimbley. Immediately I knew that was a mistake.

  • No matter who the quarterback is, the Browns will keep the offensive focus on tailback Peyton Hillis.
Morning take: That's the way it should be. Cleveland doesn't have the personnel to be a passing team. But Hillis and the offensive line gives the Browns a running identity.

  • Are the Pittsburgh Steelers primed for an offensive outburst now that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is back?
Morning take: The Steelers proved in the first four games they can win with a power running game. As long as Roethlisberger holds up his end, the offense will be multi-dimensional.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter



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