Morning take: Steelers-Ravens NFL's top rivalry
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the top stories Monday in the AFC North:
- Vinny Iyer of the Sporting News repeats what I've been saying since last year: The league's best rivalry right now is the Pittsburgh Steelers versus the Baltimore Ravens.
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.
- Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository wonders if prior experience will help Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini.
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.
- Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post believes Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber can make an immediate impact.
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.