Morning take: AFC North sends two


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

  • The Baltimore Ravens (9-7) beat the Oakland Raiders, 21-13. As a result, Baltimore will prepare for the New England Patriots (10-6) in the wild-card round.

Morning take: We will have a lot on this matchup Monday and during the week. But I think Ravens-Patriots could be one of the best games of the opening round.

  • The Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) were bruised and battered by the New York Jets (9-7), 37-0. These two teams will meet again in the postseason.

Morning take: That's what it looks like when the Jets are at their best and the Bengals are at their worst. Which two teams will show up Saturday in Cincinnati?

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers finished 9-7 but will miss the playoffs first time since 2006.

Morning take: For most teams a nine-win season is a success. But rest assured it will not feel that way for the Steelers' organization this offseason.

  • Cleveland Browns tailback Jerome Harrison finished the year strong with 127 rushing yards in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Morning take: Harrison and Joshua Cribbs have been the biggest factors behind Cleveland's four-game winning streak. Both could be building blocks for 2010.