Morning take: Charlie Batch to start?

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

  • With two quarterbacks injured and one serving a suspension, Charlie Batch could be the only option for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Morning take: Byron Leftwich (knee) will do all he can to get healthy before Sunday. But if a game was played today, Batch would get the call.

  • Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh gave quarterback Joe Flacco a vote of confidence after throwing four interceptions against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Morning take: Every quarterback has a horrible game, but it's way too early to push the panic button. I anticipate Flacco and Baltimore's offense to bounce back in a major way against the Cleveland Browns.

Morning take: Mangini needs to do something fast to fix this sinking ship. But the Browns lack so much talent that playing their second-team players probably won't help.

  • Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen will make his first career start against the Bengals.

Morning take: If Cincinnati can baffle Flacco, it should easliy handle Clausen on Sunday.