Morning take: Blackout in Cincy?

Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker

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

  • Are the Cincinnati Bengals headed toward a blackout for Sunday's home opener against the Denver Broncos?

Morning take: According to the report, the Bengals need to sell about 5,000 tickets Thursday. The NFL may have to grant an extension for Cincinnati to have a chance to televise Sunday’s game.

  • Baltimore Ravens starting receiver Mark Clayton (hamstring) says he will be ready for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Morning take: Clayton would be a good boost for Baltimore’s offense in Week 1, as long as summer rust doesn't become an issue.

  • Speaking of receivers, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes is getting prepared for his next act.

Morning take: Becoming the reigning Super Bowl MVP has changed Holmes’ life for the better. The next step is getting 1,000 yards and developing into Pittsburgh’s No. 1 receiver.

  • Who will start at center Sunday for the Cleveland Browns: Alex Mack or Hank Fraley?

Morning take: Mangini hinted that both will play. The Minnesota Vikings have arguably the top defensive line in football. So Mack and Fraley need to be at the top of their game.