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NFL Week 2: Steelers at Bengals

Things are looking down for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who shockingly lost their home opener 16-9 to the Tennessee Titans -- and lost Maurkice Pouncey (knee) and Larry Foote (biceps) to season-ending injuries. The Cincinnati Bengals aren't feeling so hot, either, after they lost on the road to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Are we already in must-win territory on Monday night?

Which team will win the Steelers-Bengals game in Cincinnati?

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    18%
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    82%

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  • Is Monday's Steelers-Bengals game a must-win?

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      43%
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      29%
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      9%
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      19%

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  • Will the Steelers play in another Super Bowl with Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger?

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      18%
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      82%

    Discuss (Total votes: 7,358)

  • Which quarterback would you rather have over the next three years?

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      73%
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      27%

    Discuss (Total votes: 7,290)

  • Which is more to blame for the Steelers' ongoing struggles with the running game?

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      67%
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      33%

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  • Which player will the Steelers miss more?

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      14%
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      86%

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  • Is the Steelers' defense still elite?

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      22%
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      78%

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AFC North Preview -- 2013

The Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl ... then promptly let a number of players leave, many on the defensive side. Will this open things up for the longtime division stalwart Pittsburgh Steelers or the upstart Cincinnati Bengals?

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  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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      48%
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      5%
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      30%
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      17%

    Discuss (Total votes: 35,309)

  • How much will the departures of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe, Bernard Pollard et al hurt the Ravens' defense this season?

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      82%
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      18%

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  • Is Joe Flacco an elite quarterback?

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      30%
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      70%

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  • Will Ben Roethlisberger reach another Super Bowl as the Steelers' starting quarterback?

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      26%
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      74%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,715)

  • Who is the best coach in the AFC North?

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      58%
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      9%
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      33%

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  • When will the Browns next make the playoffs?

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      7%
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      26%
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      67%

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MNF: Steelers at Redskins

The kickoff to ESPN's Monday Night Football lineup began with a preseason matchup between the Redskins and Steelers on Monday. Robert Griffin III didn't play, but would that have been the case if you were calling the shots? And do you fault RGIII for questioning coach Mike Shanahan's plan for him? Cast your votes!

  • Which quarterback would you rather have this season?

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      68%
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      32%

    Discuss (Total votes: 14,236)

  • Which team is a bigger Super Bowl threat this season?

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      65%
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      35%

    Discuss (Total votes: 14,645)

  • Which team will win another Super Bowl first?

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      55%
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      45%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,811)

  • Which all-time team would win a game on a neutral field?

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      23%
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      77%

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  • Who will the Steelers miss most this season?

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      20%
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      80%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,865)

  • Which team will win the NFC East?

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      13%
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      9%
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      37%
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      41%

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  • What would you do with Robert Griffin III if you were Mike Shanahan?

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      53%
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      47%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,203)

  • Do you have a problem with Robert Griffin III publicly saying he disagrees with Mike Shanahan's preseason plan for him?

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      39%
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      61%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,017)

  • Who will be remembered as the better QB when both their careers are over?

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      77%
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      23%

    Discuss (Total votes: 11,971)

  • What are you expecting out of Robert Griffin III this season?

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      10%
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      54%
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      28%
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      8%

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On Thursday, ESPN's "First Take" debated the Steelers' game against the Ravens on Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger, barring a miracle, will be out for this game, which means the Steelers will have to rely on Byron Leftwich against the Ravens' defense. Rob Parker has the Steelers crashing hard in Pittsburgh, losing by two touchdowns or more. Lomas Brown thinks the Steelers are strong enough to win at home without Roethlisberger. Stephen A. Smith points to Leftwich's lack of recent experience throwing in live games as a mark against the Steelers. Skip Bayless doesn't think Leftwich is a scrub, and has the game as a close Pittsburgh win. What's your take?

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On Friday, "First Take" discussed Ben Roethlisberger's statement that he would miss a regular-season game for the birth of his child. Roethlisberger's wife is expecting, and though he hasn't shared the due date yet, he's already said that the Steelers would have to make do without him if a game conflicted with it. Skip Bayless cried foul on this, as the Steelers have made an enormous financial commitment to Roethlisberger and expect him to be there on game day. Stephen A. Smith thinks that this qualifies as a once-in-a-lifetime moment and supports Roethlisberger's decision. What's your take?

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