Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC North:
Despite another ankle injury, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons says he expects to be ready for the Nov. 9 game against the Denver Broncos.
Morning take: Timmons was lucky he didn’t injure the same ankle twice. That should help with his recovery time.
Is it time for the Baltimore Ravens (3-3) to worry about their playoff hopes?
Morning take: Keep in mind the Ravens were 3-3 last season before advancing to the AFC title game. But the major difference is the AFC North is a three-team race this year, not a two-team race.
It looks like the first-place Bengals (5-2) are breaking the "Hard Knocks" curse.
Morning take: Cincinnati got off to a rocky start in Week 1, causing some doubt. But since then the Bengals are in good shape for the stretch run.
Two struggling teams will meet this weekend when the Cleveland Browns (1-6) travel to play the Chicago Bears (3-3).
Morning take: Both teams are on two-game losing streaks. But if the Bears play like they did last week against the Bengals, who knows?