Morning take: Ravens aren't apologizing

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

Morning take: Baltimore entered the year with Super Bowl expectations. So there is a style-point factor applied to the Ravens. Fair or unfair, it comes with the territory.

  • With entertaining commercials and great play on the field, Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review explains how Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is coming out of his shell.

Morning take: Polamalu is very humble but he's always been interesting and insightful. And his acting is better than anyone expected.

  • Former longtime Cincinnati Bengal John Thornton says receiver Terrell Owens is both right and wrong for criticizing ownership and the coaching staff.

Morning take: No one disagrees with what Owens said. It's pretty clear the Bengals have failed this year as an organization. But the timing of Owens' comments do not help the situation.

  • Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer believes now is the time to play rookie quarterback Colt McCoy.

Morning take: Health permitting, McCoy has earned another chance. Cleveland's offense has struggled since he left the starting lineup.