Morning take: Comparing Ravens, Steelers

January, 20, 2011
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Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
  • The Baltimore Ravens acknowledge they're still looking up to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Morning take: These franchises are very close, but the Steelers usually win the big games. Quarterback play currently is the biggest difference.
  • Speaking of quarterbacks, is Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers on pace for the Hall of Fame?
Morning take: I don't like to look too far ahead. But with two Super Bowl rings and four AFC Championship Games, Roethlisberger is building a tremendous résumé. Can he advance to his third Super Bowl on Sunday?
Morning take: New head coach Pat Shurmur should do what he's most comfortable with, and that's likely switching to a 4-3 defense. The Browns spent all last season running systems the coach and front office didn't agree with, and it’s time to get on the same page.
Morning take: I think the Bengals as an organization need to be really careful. Fan confidence is pretty low and people are showing it via blackouts and lower television ratings.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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