Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
Sunday’s high-profile matchup between the Minnesota Vikings (5-0) and Baltimore Ravens (3-2) could come down to the play of quarterback Brett Favre and linebacker Ray Lewis.
Morning take: These two love and respect the game of football, and you can see it in the passion that’s never subsided after all of these years. We will have more on this matchup in the next blog entry (hint, hint).
A blackout looks likely this weekend for the Cincinnati Bengals (4-1).
Morning take: I’m not one to suggest how anyone should spend their money, especially in this struggling economy. But in my opinion, this year’s Bengals are worth the price of admission.
Scratch the Washington Redskins off the list of teams rumored to be interested in Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn.
Morning take: Although the timing of Quinn putting his home on the market is peculiar, I don’t expect the Browns to trade Quinn next week. But this offseason, anything is possible.
Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2) tailback Willie Parker is practicing but is still in wait-and-see mode for Sunday’s game against Cleveland (1-4).
Morning take: As Stephania Bell pointed out last week, turf toe is nothing to play with. With Rashard Mendenhall playing well, there is no need to rush Parker if it risks further damage.