Morning take: Flacco vs. Roethlisberger

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

  • Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco says he's not focused on his rivalry with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Morning take: While it’s true quarterbacks don't share the field at the same time, quarterbacks are judged by winning. Flacco needs to win against Roethlisberger to eventually win the division.

Morning take: That's one of the advantages of both teams playing in Week 1. Chances are Baltimore and Pittsburgh will be hurting after this physical game.

  • Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy is staying calm for the regular season.

Morning take: Winning is big for McCoy to solidify his job. He had a good preseasonm but now it's time to do it when it counts.

Morning take: That will solidify coach Marvin Lewis’ prediction that the Bengals are better than last year (4-12). If Cincinnati can’t beat Cleveland in Week 1, it could be a long season.