Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC North:
Second-year quarterback Joe Flacco had a career day in the Baltimore Ravens’ 38-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Morning take: Flacco set new highs for yards (307), touchdowns (3) and attempts (43) in a game. Although it won’t happen every week, it proves “Joe Cool” is ready to carry the team when necessary.
The Cincinnati Bengals invented a new way to lose Sunday, courtesy of an 87-yard tipped, touchdown catch by Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley.
Morning take: The Bengals have had a lot of losses in the past two decades, but this one has to be among the most painful and stunning.
The Cleveland Browns didn’t provide much optimism in Sunday’s 34-20 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Morning take: I thought the Browns showed some good things in the first half, but their talent pool is simply too bare. Cleveland will have to play near-perfect for an entire game to beat quality teams like Minnesota this season.
Despite winning the Super Bowl, the Pittsburgh Steelers maintained stability on their coaching staff this season.
Morning take: Coaching stability is quietly a part of this team’s success. The Steelers kept their best players and somehow retain their coaches, as well.