Morning take: Browns a .500 team?

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

  • Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer believes the Browns are a .500 team.

Morning take: If the Browns finish .500, the AFC North might be the best division in football in 2010.

Morning take: Take your pick, Ravens fans: Ken Hamlin, Ken Lucas or Walt Harris?

Morning take: It's pretty impressive that Cincinnati still had the fourth-best defense with an average pass rush. That's a credit to the team's secondary play during the past season.

  • Bill Bender of the Sporting News asks if tailback Rashard Mendenhall can carry the Pittsburgh Steelers?

Morning take: It won't be a one-man effort to start the season, but "Mendy" will play a big part. Keeping up last year's 4.6-yard average would do the trick.