Morning take: T.O. calls Roethlisberger soft

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

  • Cincinnati Bengals receiver Terrell Owens called Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger "soft" for his reaction after getting hit in the face last week.

Morning take: Owens is on quite a run this week. In the past few days he's called his team "terrible," Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis "average" and Roethlisberger "soft."

  • Speaking of the Steelers, head coach Mike Tomlin took the high road in reaction to the $25,000 fine levied to Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour.

Morning take: I agree with Tomlin. That's in the past, the verdict is in and it's time to move on to the next game.

Morning take: Lost in the sideline altercation with veteran receiver Derrick Mason is that Flacco didn't back down. I'm not sure Flacco, who is growing into a leader, would have done that two years ago as a rookie.

  • Should the Cleveland Browns (3-7) be wary of the Carolina Panthers (1-9)?

Morning take: The Browns can't afford to overlook anyone. The bar has been raised after a pair of signature wins, and they need to get hot now by pouncing on teams like Carolina.