Breakdown: AFC North

September, 7, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Dallas 28, Cleveland 10: The Cleveland Browns drew a tough matchup in the Dallas Cowboys to open the season. With 13 returning Pro Bowlers, few teams on paper are more talented than Dallas and it showed with an easy road win. Cleveland's defense had trouble stopping tailback Marion Barber on the ground (80 rushing yards, two touchdowns) and Terrell Owens (87 receivers yards, one touchdown), which usually is a recipe for a loss. Cleveland's offense was grounded and played from behind most of the game. The Browns fell to 1-9 in their last 10 season openers. Cleveland hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers in an important divisional matchup next week.

Pittsburgh 38, Houston 17: The Steelers don't have many questions, but they answered the few that they had entering the season with a dominant three-touchdown victory. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sacked just twice--both by stud Houston defensive end Mario Williams--and was nearly perfect in completing 13-of-14 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Roethlisberger didn't have to do much because tailback Willie Parker, the other question mark, proved he was 100 percent coming off a broken fibula and gaining 138 yards and two touchdowns. As mentioned earlier, a road date with the rival Browns is up next.

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