Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
Former college teammates Carson Palmer of the Cincinnati Bengals and Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers will meet again on "Monday Night Football."
Morning take: Polamalu has two career picks off Palmer and is coming off a rare bad game. The winner of this matchup could determine the final outcome.
With the New England Patriots looming, could this be a trap game for the Steelers?
Morning take: Since it's on Monday night and against a division rival that swept the Steelers last year, I don't see Pittsburgh overlooking this game.
Did the Baltimore Ravens' brief interest in linebacker Shawne Merriman show they want more from their pass rush?
Morning take: Absolutely. Baltimore expected more from its pass rush but is off to a slow start. With Merriman going to Buffalo, the Ravens have to solve this problem internally.
It's likely Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will get his third consecutive start against the Patriots.
Morning take: We've discussed starting McCoy for the rest of the season. But if he plays well against Pittsburgh, New Orleans and New England, that should be enough evidence.