Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC North:
ESPN senior NFL reporter Chris Mortensen picks the Baltimore Ravens to win the AFC North and likes them as a serious Super Bowl contender.
Morning take: Mortensen's bus tour took him to see the Browns, Steelers and Ravens this summer, so he's got a strong look at most of the division. Will his prediction pan out?
After the first preseason game, Brady Quinn came out ahead in the quarterback race for the Cleveland Browns.
Morning take: Quinn was the pick of the AFC North blog from Day 1, mostly because of the safe system the Browns are implementing. Quinn didn't light it up Saturday, but he did move the offense significantly more than Derek Anderson.
Pittsburgh Steelers undrafted rookie tailback Isaac Redman is emerging as a surprise find.
Morning take: Although I would warn everyone not to get too giddy about performances late in preseason games, "Red zone" Redman is making a good first impression. Let's see if he keeps this up.
The Cincinnati Bengals likely will be cautious this week with starting quarterback Carson Palmer (ankle).
Morning take: Palmer suffered a mild ankle sprain in their preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints. We will have more on this and other preseason notes today in the AFC North blog.