Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:
- Could Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor be headed for stardom in Super Bowl XLIII?
Morning take: This article is correct. These are the games that create stars. If Taylor shuts down Arizona Cardinals' receiver Larry Fitzgerald -- a tall order -- Taylor would quickly become a household name.
- Former teammate Shannon Sharpe recently told Ray Lewis to stay with the Baltimore Ravens.
Morning take: Lewis learned a lot under Sharpe when the two were together in Baltimore. At the very least, Lewis will pay attention to Sharpe's words.
- With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hiring former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski as offensive coordinator, this means candidate and Cincinnati Bengals assistant Ken Zampese will return to the Queen City.
Morning take: It looks like the Bengals will get both their quarterbacks coach (Zampese) and quarterback (Carson Palmer) next season.
- Cleveland Browns safety and pending free agent Mike Adams says he wants to stay with the team.
Morning take: This is the time of year when every player says this. My guess is, with a new coaching staff, Adams and many other in-house free agents will not return.
Final Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14 Final Detroit 23 Buffalo 0 Final Indianapolis 7 Cincinnati 35 Final New York 7 Philadelphia 37 Final St. Louis 13 Miami 14 Final Kansas City 14 Green Bay 34 Final Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0 Final New England 13 New York 16 Final Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10 Final Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13 Final Chicago 13 Cleveland 33 Final San Francisco 40 Houston 13 Final Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3 Final Denver 27 Dallas 3 Final Arizona 9 San Diego 12 Final Seattle 31 Oakland 41