Morning take: Timmons expected back

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.

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?