Morning take: Joe Cool and Matty Ice

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

  • Tonight's matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons pits two young guns at quarterback: Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan.

Morning take: I liked both of these players coming out of the draft in 2008, and I'm not surprised Flacco and Ryan experienced instant success. I'm in Atlanta covering this game tonight and looking forward to it.

  • The Cincinnati Bengals will play a banged-up Indianapolis Colts team this weekend.

Morning take: This is one of the few bright spots for the Bengals. But any team with Peyton Manning is dangerous, especially with the way Cincinnati is playing.

Morning take: Hillis didn't get many opportunities in Denver and now is making the most of his shot in Cleveland. The Brady Quinn-for-Hillis trade may go down as the most lopsided deal this past offseason.

Morning take: The Browns embarrassed the Patriots last week, so I expect a solid effort from New England. Will it be enough in Heinz Field?