Steelers Schedule Analysis

 

Preseason Week 1 vs. New York Giants 7:30 PM EST (August 10)
Preseason Week 2 @ Washington Redskins 8:00 PM EST (August 19)
Preseason Week 3 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 7:30 PM EST (August 24)
Preseason Week 4 @ Carolina Panthers 7:30 PM EST (August 24)
Week 1 vs. Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM EST (September 8)
Week 2 @ Cincinnati Bengals 8:40 PM EST (September 16)
Week 3 vs. Chicago Bears 8:30 PM EST (September 22)
Week 4 @ Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM EST (September 29)
Week 5 BYE BYE
Week 6 @ New York Jets 1:00 PM EST (October 13)
Week 7 vs. Baltimore Ravens 4:25 PM EST (October 20)
Week 8 @ Oakland Raiders 4:05 PM EST (October 27)
Week 9 @ New England Patriots 4:25 PM EST (November 3)
Week 10 vs. Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM EST (November 10)
Week 11 vs. Detroit Lions 1:00 PM EST (November 17)
Week 12 @ Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM EST (November 24)
Week 13 @ Baltimore Ravens 8:30 PM EST (November 28)
Week 14 vs. Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM EST (December 8)
Week 15 vs. Cincinnati Bengals 8:30 PM EST (December 15)
Week 16 @ Green Bay Packers 4:25 PM EST (December 22)
Week 17 vs. Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM EST (December 29)

As with any team, one of the goals of the season is to win your division. The Pittsburgh Steelers are in arguably the toughest division in the National Football League.  In the last three seasons, the AFC North has supplied at least two teams in the playoffs. In 2011, the division supplied three. In the past four years, two AFC North teams have reached the Super Bowl. As the north never seems to disappoint, do not look for 2013 to be any different.

The Steelers’ first division game will come in week two, when the Steelers will take on the Cincinnati Bengals in prime time. The two teams last met in December when the Steelers were defeated and had their playoff hopes erased. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw two interceptions and was not 100% for the rest of the 2012 season because of a hit he suffered in Pittsburgh against the Chiefs in November. Adding fuel to the fire is the new Bengals’ signing. The Bengals came to terms on a two-year deal with former Steelers linebacker, James Harrison. Harrison was released by the Steelers after not agreeing to take a reported 30% pay cut. Now Harrison will play in a 4-3 scheme and against his former team two times a year.

For the first time in NFL History, the NFL will host two games in London. The Steelers will be taking on the Minnesota Vikings on September 29th in Wembley Stadium. This will be the first match up in London in the 2013 season.

The Steelers will run into the defending Super Bowl Champion, Baltimore Ravens two times. Maybe the more important match up of the two will come on Thanksgiving night when the playoff hunt will be on. Now predictions aside, everyone knows these two teams put it all on the line when they go head-to-head.

The Steelers will face five different opponents in 2013 that were in the Playoffs last year. That is a total of seven games against a team that was in the postseason (Bengals & Ravens twice). Seeing it is still before the draft, there will be no predictions made, but we surely know the Steelers better be ready for the 2013 season if they want to get back to the postseason, which they missed out on last season after going 8-8.

What match up are you looking forward to watching? Vote below or comment if your answer is not listed.

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