Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
Kevin Cowherd of the Baltimore Sun writes about Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's preparation against the New England Patriots.
Morning take: Flacco has been in plenty of big games before, and this is another one. Baltimore will play in Gillette Stadium for the third time in a year.
Adam Schein of FoxSports believes it's time for the Cincinnati Bengals to move on from quarterback Carson Palmer.
Morning take: Palmer is getting drilled in the media and by fans, but there's nothing Cincinnati can do during the season. The Bengals' best route is to play out the year and evaluate Palmer's entire body of work.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Browns tailback Peyton Hillis plans to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Morning take: Cleveland rookie quarterback Colt McCoy needs all the help he can get. With Hillis, McCoy has someone he can hand the ball to 20 times to relive the pressure.
Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times says the Steelers have to beware of Browns star Josh Cribbs.
Morning take: Whether it's returning kicks or running the Wildcat, Cribbs has had plenty of success against Pittsburgh. A huge game by Cribbs is one of the few ways Cleveland can pull the upset.