Morning take: Hauschka speaks

Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker

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

  • Baltimore Ravens kicker Steve Hauschka said he’d like to have his botched kick back in a 33-31 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Morning take: Unfortunately for the Ravens, Hauschka is a young kicker who’s never been under that amount of pressure. Maybe he will learn from this experience.

  • The Cincinnati Bengals lost to the Houston Texans, 28-17, and lost starting defensive end Antwan Odom (Achilles) for the season.

Morning take: This is a major loss for the Bengals. Odom’s resurgence solidified Cincinnati’s pass rush this year.

  • Safety Troy Polamalu’s return helped the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cleveland Browns, 27-14.

Morning take: Polamalu had an interception and four tackles, but he still didn’t quite look 100 percent. It will be interesting to see how his knee responds now that he’s seen his first game action.

  • For the Browns, kick returner Joshua Cribbs was a rare bright spot in the loss with his 98-yard kickoff return.

Morning take: The Browns will pay Cribbs before they trade him. They can’t afford to lose their only game-breaking talent.