Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC North:
Ken Murray of the Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens used a mini-bye week to diagnose their issues.
Morning take: I want to see how Baltimore improved its pass defense. It started well but has tailed off in recent weeks.
Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes releasing kicker Jeff Reed was a mistake for the Steelers.
Morning take: The move wasn't as sudden as people think. Reed has missed field goals all season and had off-field issues in the spring. The combination led to his release.
Steve Wyche from NFL.com says the 2-7 Cincinnati Bengals are among the NFL's biggest disappointments.
Morning take: Click here.
Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes about the Browns signing fill-ins Eric King at cornerback and returner Clifton Smith.
Morning take: With Sheldon Brown (shoulder) and Josh Cribbs (toes) both ailing, the Browns need insurance in case one or both players can't go Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.