Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:
Baltimore Ravens first-year defensive coordinator Greg Mattison is making his mark with the team.
Morning take: Despite some rough stretches earlier this year, the Ravens are third in the NFL in total defense. Mattison deserves a lot of credit for that.
The Cleveland Browns also have a lot of decisions to make with pending free agents such as running backs Jerome Harrison and Lawrence Vickers.
Morning take: Expect new president Mike Holmgren to watch a ton of film on the Browns between now and free agency. Harrison and Vickers look like keepers, but there are several more difficult decisions that await.
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as their 2009 Most Valuable Player.
Morning take: This was an easy pick. But it would be an interesting debate on who is more important to the team: Roethlisberger or safety Troy Polamalu?
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rashad Jeanty is looking to step up in place of injured starter Rey Maualuga (ankle).
Morning take: Linebacker is probably the area Cincinnati has the most depth this year. Jeanty isn't green. He started 15 games in 2008.