- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC North:
Did the Baltimore Ravens get too conservative while blowing a 10-point fourth-quarter lead to the New England Patriots?
Morning take: This surprised me, because Baltimore is usually an aggressive team. But the Ravens tightened up with the lead -- particularly offensively -- and it cost them.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's return opens up the Pittsburgh Steelers playbook.
Morning take: The Steelers gained chunks of yards offensively Sunday for the first time all season. But the rest of the schedule will be tougher than the Cleveland Browns.
Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy showed leadership after throwing for 281 yards in his first NFL start.
Morning take: McCoy's poise and toughness impressed me. There's no need to go overboard after one game, but McCoy deserves another start with two veteran quarterbacks still hobbled.
After the bye, the Cincinnati Bengals try to settle on an offensive identity.
Morning take: The Bengals had a week off to figure things out. These next several games are make or break for Cincinnati.