Morning take: Who are the Bengals?

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

  • Through four games, Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Paul Daugherty cannot figure out the Bengals (2-2).

Morning take: Cincinnati is talented enough to beat the first-place Ravens and sloppy enough to lose to the last-place Browns. The Bengals have to decide which team they want to be.

  • Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Terry Pluto breaks down the Browns' first win of the Mike Holmgren era.

Morning take: Interestingly, the win was highlighted by Holmgren's former quarterback in Seattle and a trade for Peyton Hillis that Holmgren helped orchestrate. These are good, early signs for the rebuilding Browns (1-3).

  • Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com believes Ravens (3-1) quarterback Joe Flacco answered his critics with a last-minute win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Morning take: Flacco needed a game like this to help in his maturation process. His game-winning touchdown was a big-time throw.

  • Columnist Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes the possibilities for the Steelers (3-1) are endless once quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returns.

Morning take: This Steelers proved they're solid without Roethlisberger. But with him, they might be the most complete team in the league.