- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:
After struggling early, the Pittsburgh Steelers' pass defense improved in the second half of the season.
Morning take: The loss to the New England Patriots in Week 10 was the turning point. Pittsburgh's pass defense was carved up by quarterback Tom Brady, but responded well after that game.
Are the Baltimore Ravens the "most talented team" in the NFL?
Morning take: Baltimore certainly is one of the most talented teams. But the results of the playoffs will determine how good the Ravens truly are this season.
Jon Gruden's father, Jim, thinks the Cleveland Browns are a good fit for his son.
Morning take: I would be surprised if Gruden takes the Cleveland job. There are ties that could help. But I don't think the Browns job is attractive enough.
Who is the Cincinnati Bengals' MVP?
Morning take: Despite picking receiver Terrell Owens, I really didn't think Cincinnati had one after winning just four games this season. The team's website chose left tackle Andrew Whitworth.