The Cincinnati Bengals will host the Pittsburgh Steelers in their regular season home opener, after a heart-breaking 24-21 loss to the Chicago Bears... a loss that most players and coaches were quick to point out that they lost, not beaten.
For fans of the AFC North, who are proud to call the division one of the best in the league, we need this one.
Pittsburgh faced horrible luck, the injury bug, and a seven-point kickoff weekend loss to the Tennessee Titans, while Baltimore and Cleveland (both week one losers) added a snooze-fest of a performance (at least on offense) during a week where offenses exploded.
We'll preview tonight's game throughout the day. But first, the nuts and bolts with your morning coffee.
Game: Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
Time: 8:40 PM (ET)
Location: Paul Brown Stadium
Series Leader: Steelers, 52-33
Streak: Steelers have won five of the last six
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 6-15. Tomlin: 9-3
Broadcast: ESPN (8:40 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Steve Tasker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (Pit.), 86 (Cin.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Pit.), 86 (Cin.).
Cincinnati SB Nation: Cincy Jungle (you are here)
Pittsburgh SB Nation: Behind The Steel Curtain
NFL.com: Game Center
Weather: Partly cloud, 68 degrees at kickoff [Weather Underground]
Live Chat: We'll have a pregame open thread going up at 4 p.m. and then official game thread at 8 p.m.
Online Streaming: Available on ESPN3 if available via cable providers.