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Morning take: Ravens prep for K.C.

Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC North:

  • The Baltimore Ravens (12-4) will carry a four-game winning streak into the playoffs when they play the Kansas City Chiefs (10-6).

Morning take: The Ravens caught a break to avoid the Indianapolis Colts in the first round. Every playoff team is tough, but Kansas City is a better matchup.

Morning take: As the AFC North blogger, I would prefer these two teams meet in the AFC title game. But there's a chance these rivals could have a third bloodbath in Heinz Field on Jan. 15 if the Jets beat the Colts.

  • Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy says he isn't rattled after throwing three picks against the Steelers.

Morning take: McCoy had six interceptions in his final two games against Pittsburgh and Baltimore. He got a good taste of the competition he has to be beat if he's going to help turn the Browns around.

  • What should coach Marvin Lewis do now that his contract is up with the Cincinnati Bengals?

Morning take: I agree with Enquirer columnist Paul Daugherty. Lewis is not going to get what he wants out of Bengals ownership. It's a tough situation to win consistently and Lewis has probably maxed out, all things considered.