AFC North game plan for Thursday


The preseason officially kicks off for the AFC North tonight, when the Steelers and Ravens play their openers.

The Steelers are at Philadelphia, and the Ravens travel to Atlanta. Both kickoffs are at 7:30 p.m.

Will Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco get off to a better start to the preseason than the Falcons' Matt Ryan? Flacco and Ryan have been -- and will always -- be compared since getting drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft.

And how will the Steelers rookie linemen fare in their preseason debuts? All eyes will be on right guard David DeCastro and left tackle Mike Adams, both of whom are expected to add stability to the Pittsburgh offensive line.

I'll be keeping track of both games and plan to post some observations after they end tonight.