Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
NFL.com's Albert Breer believes Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is the league's best defensive player.
Morning take: I'm already ducking for all the shots about to be fired in our latest "Troy Reed" debate.
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer says the future of Bengals coach Marvin Lewis continues to be a hot topic.
Morning take: With a poor product on the field, it's natural to begin looking forward to the offseason for Cincinnati (2-10). We will have more on this topic later (hint, hint).
Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme is getting ready for his third straight start.
Morning take: Delhomme played better last week, which is a good sign. The bar is now raised for the Browns, who are expected to beat bad teams like the Buffalo Bills (2-10) on the road.
Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun takes a look at Ravens rookie tight end Ed Dickson, who could start Monday against the Houston Texans in place of Todd Heap (hamstring).
Morning take: Dickson has the athletic ability but needs to show he can do the job through experience. Dickson's start also comes on the NFL's biggest stage.