Ravens will root against division rivals Sunday

Ravens will root against division rivals Sunday
September 8, 2013, 7:00 am
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EARLY BIRD – Waking up with the Ravens on NFL opening Sunday, as Week 1 gets into full swing.

Two-minute topic: Will the rest of the AFC North fair better than the Ravens did in their opener?

The Ravens will be watching football Sunday with a rooting interest.

All three of their AFC North rivals will be in action, and of course, the Ravens will be pulling against the Bengals, Browns, and Steelers.

The Bengals visit the Bears, in one of the day’s more intriguing matchups. Featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” during the preseason, the Bengals are a trendy pick to dethrone the Ravens as division champs. Who knows? Maybe the division title will come down to Week 17, when the Ravens visit the Bengals.

In a game the Ravens will study very closely, the Browns host the Dolphins. The Browns visit M & T Bank Stadium in Week 2, so the Ravens will try to get a read on their next opponent. Ex-Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger will play his first game for the Browns, and new head coach Rob Chudzinski will attempt to start his tenure with a victory.

The Steelers host the Titans, as Pittsburgh tries to bounce back after missing the playoffs last season. Ex-Ravens safety Bernard Pollard would love to help the Titans pull off a Week 1 upset. Wonder what Pollard was thinking, watching the Ravens’ secondary getting torched by Peyton Manning?

The Ravens have plenty of time to recover from Thursday night’s disappointing performance. However, they wouldn’t mind if everyone in the AFC North started 0-1.

Morning thought: ``Everything they did went right, everything we did went wrong. Me personally, it's probably one of the worst games I've ever played in my life."

Ravens cornerback Corey Graham after Thursday's loss in Denver.