Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Morning take: Baltimore's big slate
By James Walker
Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC North:
Morning take: With New England (2-1), Cincinnati (2-1) and Minnesota (3-0) on tap, the Ravens have a golden opportunity to make some huge statements. Last week’s win over the Cleveland Browns was a good warm-up for the main event.
- The next three games should be a big test for the undefeated Baltimore Ravens (3-0).
Morning take: In my opinion, every new regime deserves much more than three games to show what it can do. But it’s clear many Browns fans are already near the end of their rope.
- Speaking of the Browns, has coach Eric Mangini lost the support of the fans after three games?
Morning take: Summers was put on injured reserve and Carey Davis is back on the team. Pittsburgh needs help from the running game if it wants to turn its season around.
- Injuries to Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Willie Parker (toe), Frank Summers (back) and tight end/H-back David Johnson (ankle) have hurt the depth in the backfield.
Morning take: Kelly has been through a lot of lean years in Cincinnati, and I'm sure he's saddened that he can't experience what looks to be an exciting year. The Bengals also could’ve used his experience at tight end.