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Monday, December 7, 2009
Morning take: Are the Bengals elite?

By James Walker
ESPN.com

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

Morning take: We will find out soon. The Bengals play a pair of road games back-to-back against the Minnesota Vikings (10-2) and San Diego Chargers (9-3) that will be telling before the postseason.
Morning take: Robiskie caught just one pass all season leading up to Sunday's game. So this is good progress for the second-round draft pick.

Morning take: Although there have been some small cracks recently, team chemistry and staying together shouldn't be issues for this veteran group. The biggest problem is the product on the field.

Morning take: Baltimore's defense actually enjoys playing on the road, because the lack of crowd noise helps its communication. We will have more on this game throughout the day.