Morning take: Crunch time for Mendenhall

Here are the most interesting stories Saturday in the AFC North:

  • With Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger serving a conditional six-game suspension, it's crunch time for tailback Rashard Mendenhall.

Morning take: Mendenhall could face some eight-man fronts to start the year. But the Steelers' offense still has to find a way to be successful.

Morning take: It's a solid collection of players all around. Is this the best defense in the AFC North?

  • Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl fullback Le'Ron McClain is looking for a long-term deal.

Morning take: The Ravens are in a spot where many core players soon will be seeking long-term extensions. This is the tough part of the job for Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome.

Morning take: Compare the two stories and determine how the Browns will do in 2010.