Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
Baltimore Ravens receiver Derrick Mason believes critics are "very, very scared" of quarterback Joe Flacco.
Morning take: Based on comments from LaMarr Woodley and Dhani Jones, I think it's the opposite. Flacco has to beat his critics more consistently, starting this year, to earn their respect.
Is Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis a one-year wonder?
Morning take: Barring injury, Hillis should have another solid season behind a pretty good offensive line. But being on the "Madden NFL 12" cover should make Browns fans nervous.
Should Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison be suspended for his comments towards NFL commissionner Roger Goodell?
Morning take: You can't rule out the possibility. But usually players are allowed to speak their minds in the NFL without missing games. A fine seems more likely.
Cedric Benson of the Cincinnati Bengals is one of the league's least elusive running backs, according to Pro Football Focus.
Morning take: That's not Benson's game. The Bengals want the pending free agent back because of his straight-ahead style, which fits their team.