Morning take: Black-and-Gold day in Pittsburgh
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories in the AFC North:
- Pittsburgh city mayor Luke Ravenstahl is urging all city employees to wear black and gold Friday in support of the Steelers' season opener Sunday against the Houston Texans.
Morning take: This is further proof that few pro sports teams are woven into the city's fabric quite like the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Cleveland Browns linebacker Antwan Peek went down with a season-ending knee injury, which means rookie seventh-round pick Alex Hall has a chance to step in.
Morning take: We've liked Alex Hall since minicamp. Now "Kamerion Wimbley-lite" gets a chance to show what he can do.
- Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Willie Anderson agreed to a three-year, $11 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens Thursday.
Morning take: Guess which team just received additional insight on Cincinnati's offense for Sunday's game?
- The NFL and Bengals say it's official: Introducing Chad Ocho Cinco.
Morning take: Win and produce, and Mr. 8-5 can do whatever he wants. Lose and play poorly, and there will be some finger-pointing his way after drawing so much attention.