Morning take: Benson's long road back

October, 22, 2009
10/22/09
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Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker

Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
  • Cincinnati Bengals tailback Cedric Benson has taken a long road back to facing his former team Sunday in the Chicago Bears.
Morning take: Benson says the Bears talked bad about him recently, which Chicago denies. That adds another interesting angle to what is a big game for both teams.
  • Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson will try to have a big game against the tough defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Morning take: If any back can have a big day against the Steelers, it’s Peterson. We will take a further look at the Minnesota star later today (hint, hint).
Morning take: Jackson had pectoral surgery and will be out for three months. He’s also a free agent, and it will be interesting to see if he remains part of Cleveland's rebuilding process.
  • Can Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco make the Pro Bowl this year?
Morning take: You have to assume annual stalwarts Peyton Manning and Tom Brady get in, which leaves one spot for a lot of talented throwers. There are three alone in the AFC North to be considered right now in Flacco, Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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