1. Is it Monday yet?: Most people don’t look forward to Monday. Next week is different. The Bengals and Steelers battle at Paul Brown Stadium on Monday Night Football. Both are hurting — Pittsburgh physically and Cincinnati mentally. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and linebacker Larry Foote could be lost for the season. The Bengals are wondering “What If?” after miscues and mental lapses cost them in a loss at Chicago. The loser drops to 0-2.
2. Rivalry week: It’s another big game in the AFC Central as the Browns travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. The Browns’ new-look offense looked a lot like the old one in a loss to the Dolphins. The good news for Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden? The Ravens defense is on pace to allow 112 passing touchdowns after getting lit up by Peyton Manning and the Broncos last week. And just like in the big MNF tilt, one of these teams will start 0-2.
3. CRA at Kil-Kare: The Champion Racing Association, a regular at Winchester Speedway, makes its debut at Kil-Kare Speedway on Sunday. The series brings its late models to the Greene County track for the Buckminn’s D&D Harley-Davidson/Oakley Blacktop 125. West Virginia’s Travis Braden, a Kil-Kare regular, heads to the tricky track he has considerable experience on with the points lead. Braden drives for Miamisburg’s Gary Estes.
4. Take a swim with the Sharks: The Dayton Sharks indoor football team is holding open tryouts 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Game Time Training Center in Fairfield. The Sharks, who play home games at Hara Arena, are looking for prospects at all positions. Pre-register by calling (513) 386-9077.
5. Net gains: The sport of lacrosse is growing in popularity. For those curious about the sport, the inaugural Dayton Classic Men’s Masters tournament will be held at the West Carrollton Soccer Complex on Saturday. Teams from Detroit, Grand Rapids, Mich., Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton will compete. The tournament is open to the public. The Dayton Eagles, now in its eighth year, serve as the host of the tournament.