Morning take: Ocho Cinco vs. Asante
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:
- Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ocho Cinco says he owes Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel for a pick Samuel had against the Bengals last season.
Morning take: With two weeks off to prepare, let's see if Mr. 8-5 brings his 'A' game the rest of the season.
- The Baltimore Ravens' defense will meet an old friend Sunday: New York Giants receiver (and former Pittsburgh Steeler) Plaxico Burress.
Morning take: Remember the verbal jousts Burress had with Baltimore early in his career, once causing former Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe to call him "Plexiglass"? Fun times.
- Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage chimed in Thursday on the topic of his team quitting in a recent loss to the Denver Broncos. Savage characterized it instead as a lack of focus down the stretch, not a lack of effort.
Morning take: Is he saying the Browns quit mentally?
- As expected, Willie Parker says he's ready for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers.
Morning take: This is clearly good news for the Steelers. But you wonder how limited Parker will be with a harness protecting a hurt shoulder.