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Morning take: Matt Birk or Andre Gurode?

9/6/2011

Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday in the AFC North:

  • Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk isn't worried about the addition of Pro Bowl center Andre Gurode.

Morning take: Birk says he's healthy, which puts him in line to start Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gurode needs to learn the scheme and get his feet under him. But Gurode is younger and could eventually be the starter.

  • The Steelers are jumping into the regular season the hard way with a tough road game against the Ravens.

Morning take: You can't find a more intense start for either team. Baltimore will be fired up after getting knocked out by Pittsburgh recently in the playoffs. Here is a poll on who AFC North fans think will win the game.

  • The Cleveland Browns' offensive line is in flux leading into their Week 1 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Morning take: Left guard is the biggest question. You forget how important Eric Steinbach (back) is to the team until he's out for the season.

  • Bengals running back Cedric Benson is happy to be back following a brief jail stint.

Morning take: Benson was wise to get his legal issues behind him before the start of the season. He will be a big part of the Bengals' offense this season and now has a clear head.