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Morning take: Palmer vs. Polamalu

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.

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.