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Morning take: Steelers-Ravens NFL's top rivalry

5/18/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here are the top stories Monday in the AFC North:

Morning take: Whether it's talent, hatred or playing in meaningful games, this rivalry has it all. The only thing these two teams lack is longevity.

  • According to Kevin Eck of the Baltimore Sun, former Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller -- now with the Saint Louis Rams -- returned to his old stomping grounds this weekend for the Preakness.

Morning take: Boller took a beating early in his career and never rebounded in Baltimore. But I'm curious to see how his new gig in St. Louis turns out.

Morning take: It can't hurt. Since 1999, the Browns hired three rookie head coaches with little success. Now it's time to see if the experienced route pays dividends.

Morning take: The Bengals swiftly cut Kyle Larson and Ryan Plackemeier after drafting Huber in the fifth round. That says a lot about the confidence Cincinnati has in the rookie this year.