Sunday, September 25, 2011
Warmup: Ravens, Steelers unanimous picks
By Jamison Hensley
Here's your game-day warm-up:
For the second straight week, the Steelers and Ravens are among the unanimous selections in the Week 3 picks by ESPN's experts.
Of course, the Steelers dominated as expected last Sunday while the Ravens surprisingly lost.
This marks the Steelers' first game at Lucas Oil Field, the home of this season's Super Bowl. The Colts are trying to avoid their first 0-3 start since 1998, which was Peyton Manning's rookie season.
The Ravens, who play at St. Louis, have a history of bouncing back after losses. Baltimore hasn't fallen in consecutive games since October 2009.
Here are some pregame notes for the AFC North teams ...
- BROWNS: Running back Peyton Hillis will not play because of a strep throat, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Browns backup Montario Hardesty could play a bigger role against the visiting Dolphins.
- BENGALS: Wide receiver Jerome Simpson will play against the visiting 49ers despite at a drug bust last week at his Kentucky home, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. He was excused from practice Thursday and Friday.
- RAVENS: Baltimore will be monitoring the status of Rams running back Steven Jackson, who is considered a game-time decision with a quadriceps injury. His backup, Cadillac Williams, is questionable with a hamstring injury.
- STEELERS: Of all the Colts' injuries, the one player that the Steelers don't want to see is defensive end Dwight Freeney, who is questionable with an abdomen injury. He missed two practices before being limited Friday.