Morning take: Can Browns run vs. Steelers?

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

  • Will the Cleveland Browns be able to run against the top-ranked run defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers?

Morning take: No one has been able to do it so far. The Steelers take a lot of pride in stopping the run, and it doesn't help that tailback Peyton Hillis (quad) is banged up.

  • Pittsburgh offensively will open the playbook more with the return of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Morning take: It couldn't have been anymore closed. The game I covered in Tampa Bay, Charlie Batch threw three passes in the second half.

  • Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl defensive lineman Haloti Ngata (knee) says he will play against the New England Patriots.

Morning take: Baltimore will need Ngata to control the line of scrimmage. He may be the team's early MVP after five games.

Morning take: Defense isn't the main issue on this team, but the unit can still play better. Cincinnati certainly can improve getting to the quarterback.