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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?
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!
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?
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?
Ben Roethlisberger's torn rotator cuff isn't exactly a piece of good news for the Steelers, who are dealing with an unsigned Mike Wallace and an injured James Harrison as well. He's had the injury since last year, and doesn't seem overly worried about it, but given the level of precision required from an NFL quarterback, any minor issue could potentially have major ramifications for the season to come.
Two Super Bowl wins, a stellar regular-season record -- Ben Roethlisberger seems well on his way to a bust in Canton.