Morning take: It's game time!

We can finally put an end to the talking, predicting and projecting.

Let's start separating the contenders from the pretenders Sunday as we set up Week 1 in the AFC North:

Morning take: Dixon using his feet to get extra first downs could go a long way to helping Pittsburgh's offense. Still, the coaching staff doesn't want Dixon to shy away from his progressions and running the offense.

Morning take: This game could come down to the passing attacks. Cincinnati's receivers should have an advantage over New England's young cornerbacks. On the flip side, the Bengals' secondary needs to slow Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Morning take: It's been so far, so good for Delhomme in exhibition games, but this is the real thing. The good news is he's 9-2 against Tampa Bay, which has been a good matchup for him.

Morning take: Rice has the talent already to be one of the top tailbacks in the league, but health and longevity are key. For now, Rice just needs to focus on having a good third season and a good game Monday against the New York Jets.