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Morning take: Flacco carries Ravens

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.

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.

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.