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Here are the most interesting stories in the AFC North:
Cleveland Plain Dealer beat writers Mary Kay Cabot and Tony Grossi both picked the Browns to upend the Pittsburgh Steelers this year and take the division.
Morning take: Combined, the pair have seen more consecutive Browns games than anyone in the local and national media. Perhaps they feel the tide changing in this rivalry.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich is accepting his backup role.
Morning take: Letfwich learned his lesson from last year when he desperately wanted to be a starter. But being a backup in a solid offense in Pittsburgh is much better than getting the stuffing beat out of you as a starter with the awful Atlanta Falcons.
With locker room leader Willie Anderson gone, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com wonders who will take the leadership role in Cincinnati?
Morning take: It's a legitimate question. Safety Dexter Jackson and offensive tackle Levi Jones would be our first two guesses.
As expected, rookie quarterback Joe Flacco was officially named the starter Monday by Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
Morning take: Flacco has been taking first-team snaps for the past week and now has his peace of mind. Check back for more on Flacco's first career start later.