GDW: Are Steelers & Ravens locks to win?

September, 18, 2011
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The Steelers and the Ravens are among the unanimous selections in the Week 2 picks by ESPN's experts.

Pittsburgh is playing in its home opener against the Seattle Seahawks, which is 1-10 in games played in the Eastern time zone since 2007. The Seahawks have lost by an average of 15.4 points.

Baltimore is looking to improve its 18-1 mark against losing teams under coach John Harbaugh when it plays at Tennessee.

Here are some pregame notes for the AFC North teams ...
  • BROWNS: They're hoping to get off to a good start, or at least a smoother one than their trip. The Browns' trip to Indianapolis was delayed almost four hours after their plane got stuck in the mud.
  • BENGALS: Even though Denver cornerback Champ Bailey could be sidelined or limited today, Cincinnati is expected to attack the Broncos on the ground. The Bengals are 11-2 when running back Cedric Benson runs for 100 yards.
  • RAVENS: The Ravens' offensive line, which was banged up in the preseason, will undergo another change. Left guard Ben Grubbs, who is doubtful with a toe injury, is expected to be replaced by Andre Gurode, a five-time Pro Bowl center.
  • STEELERS: It will be interesting to see if cornerback Bryant McFadden will be able to start. He is questionable with a hamstring injury. The Steelers split reps in practice between backups Keenan Lewis and William Gay.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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