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Monday, September 16, 2013
Morning stripes: Approaching kickoff

By Coley Harvey

Good Monday morning, everyone.

After playing the role of spectator for one Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals are getting the country's full attention one day later as they seek a little "Monday Night Football" redemption. Their last time on this particularly bright stage didn't go so well. They were shelled in Baltimore by the Ravens in last year's season opener, 44-13.

This time around, they are back, as you well know, in an early-season divisional clash. The Pittsburgh Steelers have arrived into town, along with ESPN's army (eight total production trucks parked at Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday to start building sets and getting cameras ready for the one-of-a-kind spectacle). Before the day ends, one of these teams will be tied with the Ravens atop the AFC North standings. Before it ends, one will be left scratching its collective head, wondering why it hasn't yet won a game this season.

Both enter with 0-1 records after Week 1 losses.

You will, of course, be watching the game, but make sure you keep refreshing ESPN NFL Nation's Bengals and Steelers pages throughout the day. Myself and colleague Scott Brown will be providing you with every bit of analysis you need in order to watch Monday's game.

Speaking of those posts, let's go on and get the day started with a few of the day's morning stripes: