Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Saturday in the AFC North:
The Baltimore Ravens' defense is looking to get its swagger back Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
Morning take: Baltimore’s weakness thus far has been against the pass, but Cleveland’s offense has struggled throwing the football. The Browns could be an ideal match for the Ravens.
Will Pittsburgh Steelers tailback Willie Parker have a breakout game on the turf at Paul Brown Stadium?
Morning take: Cincinnati’s surface benefits speedy backs like Parker. The Steelers’ running game improved some from Week 1 to Week 2. So let’s see if the offense continues to take steps forward.
Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan accepted blame for last week’s 27-6 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Morning take: It's a noble move by Ryan. But the Browns’ offense couldn’t move the football and the defense was on the field 74 plays. The loss to Denver was a team effort.
Former NFL quarterback and CBS analyst Phil Simms expects a physical battle between the Cincinnati Bengals and Steelers.
Morning take: This is an important early-season meeting for both teams. I’m also anticipating a closely contested game that could be decided by key plays in the fourth quarter.