Morning take: Is Ike better than Nnamdi?

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

  • Is Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback and pending free agent Ike Taylor better than Nnamdi Asomugha?

Morning take: The article tries to make a case, but I'm not buying. Asomugha is one of the top two corners in the league and is so feared quarterbacks do not throw his way. I've seen plenty of quarterbacks throw in Taylor's direction.

Morning take: I retired from "Madden" years ago, because covering four NFL teams left little free time during the season. But after watching some preview clips, I may have to dust off the old controller and dish out some losses this year.

Morning take: That may be a bit much, but Shurmur has to prove himself. He was a surprise hire in Cleveland and needs to win games right away as a head coach to earn respect.

Morning take: Bengals players are having quality practices and hitting the books. Credit Cincinnati for being the most active division team during this lockout.