Every year, there is great anticipation for the schedule announcements. Rivalries can be discussed, records predicted and road trips planned. With that said, what does the Pittsburgh Steelers schedule look like?
Week One September 9th at Cleveland Browns 1 PM EST
It feels as though it is far too often that the Pittsburgh Steelers start their season with an easy win against the Cleveland Browns. In fact, it happened last season as DeShone Kizer fought but the Steelers won.
Week Two September 16th vs. Kansas City Chiefs 1 PM EST
The Steelers will open up Heinz Field for the first time to take on former top ten pick Patrick Mahomes. We will see if the Steelers consistent success against young quarterbacks will continue.
Week Three Monday September 24th at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8:25 PM EST
We could be in for a Monday Night shoot out in Week 3 when Ben Roethlisberger takes on Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay. The Steelers go from Cleveland, a team they have success against, to their home opener against Kansas City, a team they have success to a prime time game, a game the team is used to and successful in. It feels like a good start to this season is coming.
Week Four September 30th vs. Baltimore Ravens 8:20 PM EST
They follow that three game stretch up with a home primetime matchup against the Ravens? It is going to be a fun start to the Steelers season as the team is going to be in situations they usually thrive in for the entire first month.
Week Five October 7th vs. Atlanta Falcons 1 PM EST
The Falcons are a team they do not see much. In fact, the last time the Falcons visited Heinz Field, Troy Polamalu picked off Matt Ryan to win the game and the season ended with the Steelers going to the Super Bowl. It was the last time the team went to a Super Bowl, a loss to the Aaron Rodgers led Packers.
Week Six October 14th at Cincinnati Bengals 1 PM EST
The Steelers are 8-1 in their last nine trips to Paul Brown Stadium and have won five straight. The They are going to be in another familiar and good situation early in this year.
Week 7 BYE WEEK
Week 8 October 28th vs Cleveland Browns 1 PM EST
Coming off of a bye to host the Cleveland Browns. Not saying this thing is a lock but handicapping this schedule has the Steelers in good shape eight weeks into the 2018 season.
Week 9 November 4th at Baltimore Ravens 1 PM EST
Finally, a truly tough game on the schedule that does not typically see the Steelers rising up to win. This will be their big test of the early season.
Week 10 November 8th vs. Carolina Panthers 8:20 PM EST
And this is the ridiculous price of playing what could be a manageable early schedule. Two first half games with the Browns does not mean you can give the Steelers a Thursday Night game four days after an all out brawl against the Ravens. At least the game is at Heinz Field.
Week 11 November 18th at Jacksonville Jaguars 8:25 PM EST
At least they gave the team ten days before throwing them at the Jaguars on primetime. This three game stretch is going to be tough.
Week 12 November 25th at Denver Broncos 4:25 PM EST
Going from the toughest three game stretch of their year to the altitude of Denver is not going to be fun. Depending how they navigate that three game stretch and where Denver is this could be a toss away loss.
Week 13 December 2nd LA Chargers 1 PM EST
The Steelers get a West Coast team heading east for a 10 AM PT start. That should be a favorable matchup, especially if they are coming off of an upset loss.
Wee 14 December 9th at Oakland Raiders 8:20 PM EST
Sunday Night Football in the Black Hole. Mike Tomlin vs. John Gruden. That will be fun.
Week 15 December 16th vs. New England Patriots 4:25 PM EST
Almost a complete re-do chance at what happened last season.
Week 16 December 23rd at New Orleans Saints 4:25 PM EST
Coming off of a game against the New England Patriots, this could be a very meaningful game against a very meaningful opponent.
Week 17 December 30th vs. Cincinnati Bengals 1 PM EST
The Steelers are 7-3 against the Bengals the past ten time the team has come to Heinze Field. This is usually a game in which Landry Jones beats the Browns. Can he do the same against the Bengals?