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Morning take: Ravens-Redskins rivalry?

8/24/2011

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

Morning take: I grew up in the Washington D.C. area and I don't see it. These two teams do not play enough in the regular season, and they certainly haven't met in big games.

  • The rebuilding Cincinnati Bengals will make their 2011 debut Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium.

Morning take: This is the first home game of the post-Carson Palmer/Chad Ochocinco era. The youthful Bengals will get a chance to show what they can do in front of their home crowd against rookie quarterback Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.

  • The Cleveland Browns could be without six starters in the third preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Morning take: That's too bad, because this is the most important preseason game. Injured players like receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (foot) and guard Eric Steinbach (back) have missed a lot of playing time and can use the reps with the offense.

Morning take: Essex is versatile and will provide depth at the guard and tackle spots. He’s one of those players who always seems to find his way into the lineup. Essex has 25 starts in six seasons.