Morning take: Zimmer happy with Bengals' D

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

  • Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is happy with the way his group is playing this season.

Morning take: It’s a scrappy unit that is fighting every week. Cincinnati also has quietly gone eight consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher.

  • The Baltimore Ravens can prove they are legit contenders with a road win over the Green Bay Packers.

Morning take: This is a winnable game for the Ravens. Their physical style matches up well against Green Bay, but Baltimore needs to be more sound and commit less penalties.

Morning take: Pittsburgh (6-5) needs to end its three-game losing streak ASAP to have a chance at the postseason. Right now the Oakland Raiders (3-8) are standing in its way.

  • After a year away from football, former Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel wants back in.

Morning take: Good for Crennel to take a breather after hip surgery and a tough run in Cleveland. It will be interesting to see if he lands somewhere next season.