- Pat Kirwan of NFL.com wonders if the Baltimore Ravens are ready to supplant the Pittsburgh Steelers in the division.
Morning take: I won’t make any predictions before free agency and training camp, but this is shaping up to be a two-team race in the AFC North. The Week 1 matchup will be a huge tone-setter for both teams.
- The Wall Street Journal takes an in-depth look at the costly contract Hamilton County (Ohio) has with the Cincinnati Bengals to build and maintain Paul Brown Stadium.
Morning take: This is a very sore topic for Cincinnati residents and Bengals fans. Adding salt to the wound is the fact the Bengals routinely put out a losing product and hasn’t won a playoff game in 20 years, leaving many in Hamilton County feeling empty.
- Mike Duffy from BaltimoreRavens.com asks an interesting question: Who is Baltimore’s biggest non-Steelers rival?
Morning take: There are several good candidates, but I have to go with Indianapolis. Not only do the Colts regularly break the Ravens’ hearts, but the history of the Colts moving to Indy adds to the furor.
- Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports corner Sheldon Brown and linebacker Scott Fujita are teaching teammates the 4-3 defense.
Morning take: Cleveland is playing a 4-3 for the first time since 2005. It’s not going to be an easy transition, but it’s wise for veterans in the know to help the other players.