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Morning take: McAlister regaining form

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here are the most interesting stories in the AFC North:

  • Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun writes Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister is working to prove that he's healthy again.

Morning take: When McAlister is in the lineup and playing well, the Ravens' defense has an extra gear. The front seven can be as aggressive as it wants in stuffing the run and beating up the quarterback.

Morning take: Pittsburgh did a good job of resting Polamalu (hamstring) in training camp. Now he's back to blowing up plays and leaping over the offensive line, which is vintage Polamalu.

  • Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal writes Cleveland Browns receiver Donte' Stallworth likely will miss his third straight game.

Morning take: The Browns are missing Stallworth's abilities. The passing game has been predictable with no viable threats outside of receiver Braylon Edwards and tight end Kellen Winslow Jr.

Morning take: But don't expect too much celebrating from Ocho Cinco down the road. The Bengals (0-2) play at the New York Giants, host Cleveland, then play at the Dallas Cowboys in their next three games.