Morning take: Chad Ochocinco wants blame

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

  • Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl receiver Chad Ochocinco says blame him for the offensive struggles.

Morning take: Credit Ochocinco for trying to take the pressure, but he's not the biggest reason the offense is stagnant. Poor pass protection and shaky quarterback play are two more important factors.

  • Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Harrison is unsure of his role now that Peyton Hillis is the featured tailback.

Morning take: Harrison failed to take advantage of his opportunity earlier in the season, and Hillis did. That's how it goes sometimes in the NFL.

Morning take: And they should, for the simple fact they are carbon copies. For one team not to respect the way the other plays football would be disrespecting the team in the mirror.

Morning take: Rice isn't talking, but he is a gamer and definitely wants to play in this game. We will know more by the end of the week.