Morning take: Anderson grilled during bye week
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting story lines in the AFC North:
- Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson was grilled pretty good Wednesday -- despite the bye week.
Morning take: "My brains are fine" was a pretty funny remark from Anderson. But will the offense be fine when it takes the field next week against the New York Giants?
- Newly signed Bengals running back Cedric Benson looked good in his first practice Wednesday and will play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
Morning take: The Bengals are ranked No. 30 in the league in rushing, so they need all the help they can get.
- The Baltimore Ravens' top-ranked defense will be without defensive tackle Kelly Gregg and defensive backs Samari Rolle and Dawan Landry this week against the Tennessee Titans.
Morning take: Health will be an important part of the success of Baltimore's defense, particularly in the secondary where injuries hurt the team last year.
- The race to replace offensive guard Kendall Simmons in Pittsburgh starts this week with Darnell Stapleton and Trai Essex.
Morning take: Keep in mind if neither Stapleton nor Essex pan out, the Steelers also have the option of moving the versatile Willie Colon to guard and starting backup tackle Max Starks.
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