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Clevelandsux
04-19-2011, 08:21 PM
2011 PITTSBURGH STEELERS SCHEDULE


Preseason
Friday, Aug. 12 at Washington 7:30 p.m. KDKA-TV
Thursday, Aug. 18 PHILADELPHIA 8 p.m. FOX/WPGH-TV
Saturday, Aug. 27 ATLANTA 7:30 p.m. KDKA-TV
Thursday, Sept. 1 at Carolina 8 p.m. KDKA-TV

Regular Season

Sunday, Sept. 11 at Baltimore 1 p.m CBS
Sunday, Sept. 18 SEATTLE 1 p.m. FOX
Sunday, Sept. 25 at Indianapolis 8:20 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Oct. 2 at Houston 1 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Oct. 9 TENNESSEE 1 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Oct. 16 JACKSONVILLE 1 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Oct. 23 at Arizona 4:05 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Oct. 30 NEW ENGLAND 4:15 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Nov. 6 BALTIMORE 8:20 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Nov. 13 at Cincinnati 1 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Nov. 20 Bye
Sunday, Nov. 27* at Kansas City 8:20 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Dec. 4* CINCINNATI 1 p.m. CBS
Thursday, Dec. 8 CLEVELAND 8:20 p.m. NFL Network/KDKA
Monday, Dec. 19 at San Francisco 8:30 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, Dec. 24* ST. LOUIS 1 p.m. FOX
Sunday, Jan. 1* at Cleveland 1 p.m. CBS

* Times and TV network may change due to flexible scheduling

** All times are Eastern

Moved your posts to the new discussion thread and added a poll :) - BRC

steelers4life66
04-19-2011, 08:23 PM
Looking like another 12 - 4 season.


http://www.nfl.com/schedules/interactive?module=HP_cp3#/team=PIT

BlitzburghRockCity
04-19-2011, 08:28 PM
Some initial thoughts I have on the schedule..

A week 11 bye - Are you kidding me, I don't know if that's ever happened to us. We usually end up with an early bye or at worst around week 8.

Opening vs the Ravens: This is a new wrinkle, normally we play the Ravens within the first month to 6 weeks and then again at the end of the year. Now we have both games out of the way by the midway point.

Decembers Schedule - Chiefs, 49ers, and Rams all in the last 6 weeks of the season. That means that the steelers are going to have to set themselves up for the postseason in terms of tie breakers well in advance of the stretch run. 4 of the 6 AFCN games will be out of the way before we even hit December.

Tough games early with the Ravens, Colts, Texans. We will be tested early and often with the pass so we will find out right out of the gate how well we've fixed the pass defense.

A good mix of home and away, no long stretches on the road like previous years. No long stretches of back to back to back really tough games. Patriots and Ravens back to back will be crazy physical but atleast both are at home then.

5 prime time games but only one Monday Night affair.

Don't underestimate that final game on Jan. 1 at Cleveland. Depending on tight the AFC North is this year it could come down to that game as a potential tie breaking situation game.

StlersGuy
04-19-2011, 08:45 PM
why do we close the year out vs the Clowns in clowntown again. We did the same last year..

Rampage
04-19-2011, 09:40 PM
I think it's going to be 11-5.

BlitzburghRockCity
04-19-2011, 09:53 PM
That late bye week could be a curse or a God send. Im thinking it will be good to get healthy for the stretch run but man we gotta keep everyone on the field for a long time before that.

Clevelandsux
04-19-2011, 09:59 PM
I don't know why we don't play Cleveland for the first time until dec 8? I think our schedule is easier than last years. We get the NFC West, with Seattle winning it at 7-9 last season? I saw 13-3, 12-4. Yes we'll have tough games vs the Colts, Patriots, Ravens. I'm not sold on K.C repeating what they did last year. Jags usually play us tough. I know some teams will improve.

BlitzburghRockCity
04-19-2011, 10:18 PM
The entire AFC North all has a relatively easy schedule this year overall. Each team's toughness percentage based on last years opponents is near the bottom of the league.

mos07
04-19-2011, 10:50 PM
I hate when we do this - debate our schedule.....The year we won the SB against the Cardinals, we supposedly had the toughest schedule - which it was - but ran it. Other years, easy schedules do not pan out.

I look at specifics - I hate the Ravens opener on the road and playing the Patriots after thier bye.

I also do not like our toughest part of our schedule determining our tiebreakers if necessary.

But as long as we play football in September, I will be satisfied.............

Bring on the draft.........

SteelCityKid5
04-19-2011, 11:02 PM
Damn, thats a late season BYE... I like that its later than this years but still thats pretty late... Ill make sure to let yinz know my prediction within the coming months.. I gotta see our full roster

jpele
04-19-2011, 11:15 PM
They made the same request last year, guess the schedule makers don't like whiners.


It's a bitter rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens, but some fans say the Ravens have sunk to an all-time low.

Apparently they're so sick of losing to the Steelers in primetime in Pittsburgh, they told the National Football League they don't want the match-up anymore.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens notified the league they do not want to play nationally televised night games at Heinz Field.

For two seasons in a row, the Ravens have traveled to Heinz Field to play night games against the Steelers and left losers.

Link (http://www.wtov9.com/news/18997830/detail.html)

BlitzburghRockCity
04-20-2011, 12:02 AM
We all know the toughness of the schedule always turns around 100 different ways by the time the season is over. Teams that were supposed to be tough end up being not so tough, teams that were supposed to be that good end up being competitive. Sometimes you lose a game shouldn't, injuries happen, etc. There are a myriad of things that can happen but it's fun to think about what they could do.

greennick
04-20-2011, 12:16 AM
They made the same request last year, guess the schedule makers don't like whiners.



Link (http://www.wtov9.com/news/18997830/detail.html)

They can play us at 7am in the morning with nobody watching and we'll still beat them. They talk too much beforehand for us not to beat them. Almost every time a team talks it up, we beat them. They really need to learn that lesson if they're going to get anywhere in this division.

Scorp
04-20-2011, 01:14 AM
Just hope we kick *** for last season and bring Lombardi back to the Steel Town. 13-3.

Real Deal Steel
04-20-2011, 03:19 AM
We can't predict anything until we see what holes we are going to plug between the draft and free agency.

Rampage
04-20-2011, 10:33 AM
The thing that I am expecting is that the team will beat a team it probably shouldn't (Maybe go 2-0 against the Ravens, or beat the Patriots), but will lose to the Chiefs. It seems like every time they get an "easy" schedule, they lose to bottom tier teams and play up to high caliber teams.

LatrobePA
04-20-2011, 10:44 AM
We have to build our secondary around shutting down Manning, if there is a way to draft or bring in FA players to do so I like our chances to make it all the way again!

coldrolled
04-20-2011, 11:01 AM
Damn, thats a late season BYE... I like that its later than this years but still thats pretty late... Ill make sure to let yinz know my prediction within the coming months.. I gotta see our full roster

we play the ravens before the bye... do the ravens have a bye the week before they play us?...

these are the things that will hurt us...


the last 7 games we should go 7-0 lets go with 12-4

:cope:

SteelDad
04-20-2011, 11:48 AM
Kind of like the they say regarding a golf tournament, "You can't win the tournament in the first three rounds, but you can definitely lose it." Those early season games at Indy, at Houston the 2 with Baltimore and then the home date with the Pats could certainly seal our fate as early as ever if we don't play well. Even if we went 10-6 the playoffs would be no guarantee with losses to Indy, NE, and a split with Baltimore.

The late bye will certainly be interesting and the weird scheduling will either be a great thing for us or absolutely horrible depending on our health. I'm going with 11-5.

BlitzburghRockCity
04-20-2011, 11:53 AM
I think this is probably one of the easiest schedules that a previous super bowl participant has faced in a long time. It's mainly because we play the NFC West this year and that division couldn't get out of it's own way in 2010.



The thing that I am expecting is that the team will beat a team it probably shouldn't (Maybe go 2-0 against the Ravens, or beat the Patriots), but will lose to the Chiefs. It seems like every time they get an "easy" schedule, they lose to bottom tier teams and play up to high caliber teams.

Yeah that drives me nuts, they did that all during the Cowher era, played down to their competition. :evilshake:


Kind of like the they say regarding a golf tournament, "You can't win the tournament in the first three rounds, but you can definitely lose it." Those early season games at Indy, at Houston the 2 with Baltimore and then the home date with the Pats could certainly seal our fate as early as ever if we don't play well. Even if we went 10-6 the playoffs would be no guarantee with losses to Indy, NE, and a split with Baltimore.

The late bye will certainly be interesting and the weird scheduling will either be a great thing for us or absolutely horrible depending on our health. I'm going with 11-5.

I smell a podcast to break down the schedule coming up real soon :yesnod:

LatrobePA
04-20-2011, 12:16 PM
I honestly think Ben will be firing on all cylinders out of the gate. My question is, can our secondary be patched up enough to avoid the copy cat attacks??

SteelDad
04-20-2011, 12:20 PM
I honestly think Ben will be firing on all cylinders out of the gate. My question is, can our secondary be patched up enough to avoid the copy cat attacks??

Excellent point Latrobe because we all know they're coming.

LatrobePA
04-20-2011, 12:38 PM
Excellent point Latrobe because we all know they're coming.

Teams will come at us like never B4, we have to have an answer for it!

cmerrifield
04-20-2011, 02:23 PM
Teams will come at us like never B4, we have to have an answer for it!

Yes, teams will come at us, but I think that a healthy D will help. Troy played so far off the ball during the SB and I still think its because everyone knew McFadden needed help. Plus, I still hold that the fines Harrison got made LeBeau less agressive. Anyway, I am sure the addition of Lake as the DB coach will help a lot.

Overall, I like the schedule. I think it sets us up for a deep post season run. A late bye week, followed by an easier schedule to finish the year. Plus an 11 day break before the last three games of the season. Plus our final three games are 49ers, the Rams and the Browns. Even if we dont get a bye week in the playoffs, its not like we have the toughest final three games of the season.

bensshoes
04-20-2011, 03:41 PM
I can't vote in this poll as i'll never dish out a defeat to the Black n Gold till after its been earned!

--- Added 4/20/2011 at 01:41 PM ---

Now onto a serious matter....Ravens week one how sweet is this, hopefully there is a week one game, stupid lockout!

airbrake 1
04-20-2011, 06:28 PM
The NFL schedule gets more bizarre every year...

first off starting the year off with baltimore sucks secondly facing them twice in basically the first half the season really sucks...cincinnati weeks 10 and 13 and cleveland weeks 14 and 17 couldn't they spread our division games out a bit more perhaps seeing each opponent once before seeing the other teams for the second time

week 11 bye sucks ... if we don't hold our own during that brutal opening stretch of games that bye could be meaningless...just luck of the draw i guess

i believe we get new england after their bye week which sucks but i guess that's one that is just the luck of the draw not a flaw in schedulling

5 night games...totally sucks...thank god only 2 of them are home games...it totally sucks having to try to get up for work at 5 a.m after getting home from heinz field around 2 a.m. and even the away games on TV usually don't get over until after midnight...god i miss the seventies when you could count on 90% of steeler games being on sunday at 1 p.m.... looks like i will be calling off work the day after
the baltimore and cleveland home night games

let's just hope we have a season to watch what ever the schedule is...right now i'm trying to contemplate the thought of not having football season in the fall and it's making me ill...GO STEELERS

steelspikes
04-20-2011, 07:57 PM
Agree with Mos07, so-called "easy" scheduleds rarely pan out that way because last year's records don't always predict current year performance. Teams rise and fall. Three of Steeler's first four games are versus solid teams... and on the road. So could be bumpy start. But as was said, let's just hope there is a season.

Clevelandsux
04-20-2011, 10:14 PM
Ya i know. 2009 was the perfect example. We lose to K.C, Oakland, Chicago and Cleveland that year. None which had winning records. Lose to the Bengals twice, that surprisingly won the division that year.

As far as the Ravens, oh they have a chance..... if Ben Roethlisberger is not playing.

Phenomenal TJ
04-20-2011, 10:20 PM
The NFL came through on releasing the 2011 regular season schedule, which may be a good sign of things to come. And, with it the Pittsburgh Steelers schedule was among the more important ones, as everyone is looking forward to seeing the two Super Bowl teams level of competition. A measuring stick, if you will.

http://www.steelerschronicle.com/2011/04/pittsburgh-steelers-2011-regular-season-schedule-released-lets-take-a-look.html/

Can't believe I managed to get a Pokemon reference in there, lmao.

steelersbabex25
04-20-2011, 11:02 PM
Ugh. There's nothing that I hate more than a record prediction so far ahead of the season. We as Steelers fans know that an easy schedule could bring a terrible year, and a hard schedule could bring an awesome year. There's absolutely no way to even begin to guess right now what the record will be come...whenever the end of the next season is.

LarryNJ
04-21-2011, 10:15 AM
I don't see this choice in the poll but I say 9-1, The first game will be OCT. 23 Wins in blue loss in Red! :)

Sunday, Oct. 23 at Arizona 4:05 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Oct. 30 NEW ENGLAND 4:15 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Nov. 6 BALTIMORE 8:20 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Nov. 13 at Cincinnati 1 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Nov. 20 Bye
Sunday, Nov. 27* at Kansas City 8:20 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Dec. 4* CINCINNATI 1 p.m. CBS
Thursday, Dec. 8 CLEVELAND 8:20 p.m. NFL Network/KDKA
Monday, Dec. 19 at San Francisco 8:30 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, Dec. 24* ST. LOUIS 1 p.m. FOX
Sunday, Jan. 1* at Cleveland 1 p.m. CBS

--- Added 4/21/2011 at 08:15 AM ---

It's not all bad! :lol:


The NFL schedule gets more bizarre every year...

first off starting the year off with baltimore sucks secondly facing them twice in basically the first half the season really sucks...cincinnati weeks 10 and 13 and cleveland weeks 14 and 17 couldn't they spread our division games out a bit more perhaps seeing each opponent once before seeing the other teams for the second time
Playing the division teams in a short period of time makes it more fun because the last game is fresh in your mind


week 11 bye sucks ... if we don't hold our own during that brutal opening stretch of games that bye could be meaningless...just luck of the draw i guess
A late season break is better than an early season break the guys need the rest more

i believe we get new england after their bye week which sucks but i guess that's one that is just the luck of the draw not a flaw in schedulling


5 night games...totally sucks...thank god only 2 of them are home games...it totally sucks having to try to get up for work at 5 a.m after getting home from heinz field around 2 a.m. and even the away games on TV usually don't get over until after midnight...god i miss the seventies when you could count on 90% of steeler games being on sunday at 1 p.m.... looks like i will be calling off work the day after
the baltimore and cleveland home night games
I love the night games.. they are on TV for sure..and it's a great atmosphere in the bars. Nothing wrong with using a vacation day to recover from a game :)

let's just hope we have a season to watch what ever the schedule is...right now i'm trying to contemplate the thought of not having football season in the fall and it's making me ill...GO STEELERS
Amen brother!

SteelDad
04-21-2011, 02:22 PM
Ugh. There's nothing that I hate more than a record prediction so far ahead of the season. We as Steelers fans know that an easy schedule could bring a terrible year, and a hard schedule could bring an awesome year. There's absolutely no way to even begin to guess right now what the record will be come...whenever the end of the next season is.

I feel the same way about predictions, but I do find it fun to at least break down the games one-by-one and just for a moment, pretend everyone is healthy.:greengrin:

BlitzburghRockCity
04-21-2011, 05:24 PM
Ugh. There's nothing that I hate more than a record prediction so far ahead of the season. We as Steelers fans know that an easy schedule could bring a terrible year, and a hard schedule could bring an awesome year. There's absolutely no way to even begin to guess right now what the record will be come...whenever the end of the next season is.

We all know it's a crapshoot, it's just fun to think about what might happen. Someone inevitably points back to a thread like this after the season is over and we compare our thoughts with what really happened.

Besides, the person who guesses the correct regular season record gets an SA Tshirt :D (if there's more than 1 then we do a drawing with everyone that voted.

LatrobePA
04-21-2011, 05:25 PM
Never ever say never ever (McGruber)!

steelersbabex25
04-21-2011, 07:12 PM
We all know it's a crapshoot, it's just fun to think about what might happen. Someone inevitably points back to a thread like this after the season is over and we compare our thoughts with what really happened.

Besides, the person who guesses the correct regular season record gets an SA Tshirt :D (if there's more than 1 then we do a drawing with everyone that voted.

I know, but predictions like this will (almost) always bring heartache. To me, atleast.

BlitzburghRockCity
04-22-2011, 10:38 AM
I know, but predictions like this will (almost) always bring heartache. To me, atleast.

I try not to read too much into them so i don't get "heart broken" later on ;) There's not an "expert" anywhere that can predict a teams season just based off the schedule alone, especially before the draft even happens.

I must admit even though we are playing the AFC West, it's amazing to see a super bowl contender with such a favorable schedule, on paper. This could make the entire AFC North more competitive than you might think.

LatrobePA
04-22-2011, 10:56 AM
I try not to read too much into them so i don't get "heart broken" later on ;) There's not an "expert" anywhere that can predict a teams season just based off the schedule alone, especially before the draft even happens.

I must admit even though we are playing the AFC West, it's amazing to see a super bowl contender with such a favorable schedule, on paper. This could make the entire AFC North more competitive than you might think.


Cough cough Peter King cough cough! He was damn close last year!

Root4Stlrs
04-22-2011, 04:45 PM
Cough cough Peter King cough cough! He was damn close last year!

You're right, but he second guessed himself and switched his pick to the Patriots from the AFC instead of the Steelers. It certainly made sense based on what happened in the regular season, but he should have stuck with his original prediction. Of course, wish he would have gotten the ultimate winner right since he initially picked the Steelers to win it all.

MDSteel15
04-22-2011, 06:27 PM
I picked 14-2 because the only games I see as issues are @Baltimore and New England!

LatrobePA
04-22-2011, 06:56 PM
You're right, but he second guessed himself and switched his pick to the Patriots from the AFC instead of the Steelers. It certainly made sense based on what happened in the regular season, but he should have stuck with his original prediction. Of course, wish he would have gotten the ultimate winner right since he initially picked the Steelers to win it all.

His first name is that for a reason! lol

coach
04-23-2011, 07:06 PM
The rats in game 1 when both teams are fresh. I am taking the words right out of clubber lang's mouth and my prediction for that game is "pain."

Particularly if camp is shortened, somebody is leaving that game hurt.

JensK
04-23-2011, 07:57 PM
I don't know about this schedule. I think it could prove much harder than it is projected based on last years performance:

Sunday, Sept. 11 at Baltimore 1 p.m CBS
We all know these kind of games. It'll be a rough rough game which can go both ways. I'll just pick it safe and say that Ravens take this one, and we take the one in Pittsburgh. Who knows though...


Sunday, Sept. 18 SEATTLE 1 p.m. FOX
I have no doubt in my mind that this is a win. I like what they are doing in Seattle at the moment, but they are nowhere near close to be able to march into Pittsburgh and come out of here with a victory.


Sunday, Sept. 25 at Indianapolis 8:20 p.m. NBC
This one is extremely hard to predict, as Colts season always pan out in accordance to how Payton plays. They had more injuries than any other team last year but if they can stay healthy, this game will be rough. A lot depend on what happens with our secondary. We know Colts won't come out running on us, and if the secondary play like they did last year, Manning will destroy us. I am going to be a little pessimistic and say we loose this one, simply based on how well Colts match up against Steelers.


Sunday, Oct. 2 at Houston 1 p.m. CBS
Another tough call. I've been a Houston "fan" for some years now. I like their mentality and I think they have something really good going on over there, but somehow they just fall short year in and year out. Yet, a game @ Houston could easily be a game with the same outcome as the Colts game. They just match up very well against Steelers with their explosive passing-game and our lackluster secondary. As it is right now, I would actually give the edge to Texans, but it'll be a close call!


Sunday, Oct. 9 TENNESSEE 1 p.m. CBS
What Titans team will we see in 11? I don't think it'll be as bad as many predict them to be, but I they won't be good enough to beat Steelers in Pittsburgh!


Sunday, Oct. 16 JACKSONVILLE 1 p.m. CBS
Another win to Steelers. Jaguars have caused trouble in the past, but the team is just horrible imho.


Sunday, Oct. 23 at Arizona 4:05 p.m. CBS
What a game this will be. I guarantee you, there is NO game Cardinals would rather win than this one. Sadly, they won't. They have a talented roster, but no QB and a lackluster defense. Steelers is going to win this one and Whisenhunt can continue to be sad that he ended up in the desert.


Sunday, Oct. 30 NEW ENGLAND 4:15 p.m. CBS
We'll loose this one. Why? Because we don't win against Patriots, and it is really that simple. Every single game we keep telling ourselfs that we'll beat them, and every single time Brady and co. destroys us. They have 6 picks in the 3 first rounds. They'll be a force to reckon with, and I honestly don't think Steelers have much chance in this one.


Sunday, Nov. 6 BALTIMORE 8:20 p.m. NBC
We split with Ravens and win this one.


Sunday, Nov. 13 at Cincinnati 1 p.m. CBS
Bengals will probably be worse than last year the way their team is being handled atm. This will be a win, and so will the next in Pittsburgh.


Sunday, Nov. 20 Bye

Sunday, Nov. 27* at Kansas City 8:20 p.m. NBC
A not so easy away game. I do think we'll win this one but this is one of those so-so games, where we easily could loose, simply because Chiefs is not that bad of a football team, and we are playing in their house.


Sunday, Dec. 4* CINCINNATI 1 p.m. CBS
Win.


Thursday, Dec. 8 CLEVELAND 8:20 p.m. NFL Network/KDKA
They NFL have had quite some fun when they decided that this should be the Steelers Thursday game. They remember what happened last time. I refuse to believe we'll drop this one, but we never know. This is the kind of game we've thrown away in the past.


Monday, Dec. 19 at San Francisco 8:30 p.m. ESPN
I don't like this game. Niners need a QB, but they have a really talented roster and with a new coach this team could become a very good team. I believe Steelers will come away from the westcoast with a win, but it won't come easy.


Saturday, Dec. 24* ST. LOUIS 1 p.m. FOX
A lot of good things is happening to the Rams, and while I believe they have a bright future, they are not yet at a place where they can do bad things against Steelers in Pittsburgh. Steelers win this one!


Sunday, Jan. 1* at Cleveland 1 p.m. CBS

This damn well better be a win, simple as that.




This leaves us with yet another 12-4 season, however it could easily be 10-6 or 13-3. A lot depend on our secondary as we are going to face some very pass-happy teams. We also have a lot of up-and-comming teams, which are not to be taken as lightly as their previous years indicate.

BlitzburghRockCity
07-25-2011, 01:31 PM
Looks like we should be able to keep the regular season intact now, all dates as far as we know will be right on according to the official schedule released earlier this spring.

Troyisabeast_43
08-08-2011, 10:08 AM
The key game out of these first 6 games or so of the season is the opener against the Ravens. If the Steelers can somehow steal this game which I think they have a great chance of doing then starting the season 5-1 is very very possible. I like the Steelers to beat the Seahawks,Titans,and Jags here at home the first 6 games of the schedule. So if you can somehow split the games with the Colts and the Texans on the road on back to back weeks and go 1-1 in those 2 games, there is no reason to believe they cannot be 5-1 going into that tough 3 game stretch at Arizona followed by the Patriots and Ravens back to back weeks at home...

STEELyourface
08-31-2011, 12:32 AM
What happened to an AFC CHAMP and NFC CHAMP game rematch to start the season? They did that for at least a couple years and I thought it was pretty cool. I only just noticed they did away with it and I'm not even sure when that happened, but I did like it.

rblythepittsteel
08-31-2011, 11:48 AM
It would be easy to think that the Steelers will dominate this schedule. On paper and based on last season, it looks very weak. But I don't believe it will be...

Right off the bat the Steelers get the Ravens on the road. I feel this is a bigger game for Baltimore than it is for the Steelers. The Ravens do well against the Steelers when Big Ben isn't around, but when he is, they don't. Most of the Ravens wins against the Steelers since Big Ben has started has been when Ben has been out. After the Ravens game, there is no way the Steelers should lose the home opener to Seattle. Be worried if you lose to Tavaris Jackson. Then it really gets tough, 4 straight games against the AFC South. Peyton Manning should be back for the Sunday night game, Houston has improved to become VERY dangerous, Tennesee should have Chris Johnson back by the time the Steelers come back home and they will have a better QB behind center in Hasselbeck. Then they finish the run with Jacksonville, who almost always gives the Steelers fits no matter how good or bad they are. Del Rio will have them ready. Remember, the Steelers lost the last 2 games at home against the Jaguars including that playoff lost the year after the SB 40 win.

Then the Steelers visit an old friend in Whisenhunt in Arizona. This game is tougher than it looks. Kolb should be very comfortable with their offense by this time. Then our other nemesis, Tom Brady comes to town and I believe we have but one win against him when he has started for the Patriots. He'll be even more dangerous now that our old buddy, Ochocinco is playing with him now. Then the big Sunday night rematch with the Ravens. Winner will obviously be the favorite to win the division. Then a road game against Cincinnati. Ben plays well there and we have no idea what kind of team to expect by this game. Lots of young talent but their back, Benson, will likely be either rusty or absent after serving his jail time. He will likely be absent because Goodell has to suspend him for some games. It just depends on when.

After the bye, they start with a road game against the Chiefs. Remember the last meeting? They had no business losing but they did anyway. I'm sure the defense remembers the embarassment. This is no easy matchup. Then they come back home for Cincinnati again followed by (for the 3rd straight year) a Thursday night game against Cleveland at home. Cleveland is going to be tough by this time. They will put everything into this game. Then a nice little rest before their longest trip of the season to San Francisco for the 49ers. Like the Seattle game, be wary if you lose to Alex Smith. Then it's the final regular season home game against a very improving St. Louis team with Bradford, Jackson and a good young defense. The season ends with Cleveland on the road, again. Hopefully, the Steelers will be able to rest starters for this one before the playoffs.

I voted 11-5 because even though the schedule looks easy, it probably won't end up being that way. You also figure the Steelers will lose a game some time during the season they have no business losing. They should, at the very least, get a wild-card and they've done well from that position before. Baltimore has an edge where they get Indy and Houston at home and they don't play the Patriots but they also have to play the Jets and the Chargers. I think they end up tied for 1st and tie-breaker will decide it. Who knows what that will come down to. Probably whoever avoids the upset to either the Bengals or Browns. GO STEELERS!!!

Troyisabeast_43
08-31-2011, 05:18 PM
It would be easy to think that the Steelers will dominate this schedule. On paper and based on last season, it looks very weak. But I don't believe it will be...

Right off the bat the Steelers get the Ravens on the road. I feel this is a bigger game for Baltimore than it is for the Steelers. The Ravens do well against the Steelers when Big Ben isn't around, but when he is, they don't. Most of the Ravens wins against the Steelers since Big Ben has started has been when Ben has been out. After the Ravens game, there is no way the Steelers should lose the home opener to Seattle. Be worried if you lose to Tavaris Jackson. Then it really gets tough, 4 straight games against the AFC South. Peyton Manning should be back for the Sunday night game, Houston has improved to become VERY dangerous, Tennesee should have Chris Johnson back by the time the Steelers come back home and they will have a better QB behind center in Hasselbeck. Then they finish the run with Jacksonville, who almost always gives the Steelers fits no matter how good or bad they are. Del Rio will have them ready. Remember, the Steelers lost the last 2 games at home against the Jaguars including that playoff lost the year after the SB 40 win.

Then the Steelers visit an old friend in Whisenhunt in Arizona. This game is tougher than it looks. Kolb should be very comfortable with their offense by this time. Then our other nemesis, Tom Brady comes to town and I believe we have but one win against him when he has started for the Patriots. He'll be even more dangerous now that our old buddy, Ochocinco is playing with him now. Then the big Sunday night rematch with the Ravens. Winner will obviously be the favorite to win the division. Then a road game against Cincinnati. Ben plays well there and we have no idea what kind of team to expect by this game. Lots of young talent but their back, Benson, will likely be either rusty or absent after serving his jail time. He will likely be absent because Goodell has to suspend him for some games. It just depends on when.

After the bye, they start with a road game against the Chiefs. Remember the last meeting? They had no business losing but they did anyway. I'm sure the defense remembers the embarassment. This is no easy matchup. Then they come back home for Cincinnati again followed by (for the 3rd straight year) a Thursday night game against Cleveland at home. Cleveland is going to be tough by this time. They will put everything into this game. Then a nice little rest before their longest trip of the season to San Francisco for the 49ers. Like the Seattle game, be wary if you lose to Alex Smith. Then it's the final regular season home game against a very improving St. Louis team with Bradford, Jackson and a good young defense. The season ends with Cleveland on the road, again. Hopefully, the Steelers will be able to rest starters for this one before the playoffs.

I voted 11-5 because even though the schedule looks easy, it probably won't end up being that way. You also figure the Steelers will lose a game some time during the season they have no business losing. They should, at the very least, get a wild-card and they've done well from that position before. Baltimore has an edge where they get Indy and Houston at home and they don't play the Patriots but they also have to play the Jets and the Chargers. I think they end up tied for 1st and tie-breaker will decide it. Who knows what that will come down to. Probably whoever avoids the upset to either the Bengals or Browns. GO STEELERS!!!

Excellent breakdown couldnt have done it better myself. The deciding game last season was that game the Ravens lost to the Bengals in week 2 where it gave them a worse division record then the Steelers putting them at 4-2 in the division to the Steelers 5-1. The way I look at it as far as the Ravens are concerned is they are going to win their share of games much like they did last season. But the bottom line is they can win all of those games against the Colts,Texans,and Jets like you had just mentioned but it still will come down to whether or not they beat the Steelers in both games head to head which I still dont think they will do. The last two times in 2008 and 2010 the Ravens have been right there with the Steelers for the division they won every single one of their games down the stretch in the regular season pretty much in November and December and lost to the Steelers in Baltimore in December of 2008 and 2010 with pretty much the division title on the line in both of those games in Baltimore in December, and lost in the playoffs in January in Pittsburgh as well in both of those seasons. Harbaugh and Flacco have proven time and time again they do not know how to finish off the Steelers late in the year and cannot get by them to win the games that really matter or the games that Ben Roethlisberger plays in.

So like I mentioned above and you just mentioned as well the Ravens definitely need this game a lot more then the Steelers do. I think the Steelers can lose in Baltimore and still recover from it and still have a great chance to win the North especially with another game in Pittsburgh still to come in early November with the Ravens. I dont know if the Ravens can. Keep in mind the Ravens have a tough game as well in week 3 of the season before they play the Jets at home the following week having to travel to a much improved St Louis Rams team. That game will be no walk in the park for the Ravens trust me.

As I said above I think if the Steelers win that game in Baltimore to start the year they have an excellent chance of starting the year at 5-1. I think they can split in both Indy and Houston and win all 3 of those home games against Seattle,Tennesse,and Jacksonville. I dont care if Tennessee has Hasselbeck now as their QB or if Jacksonville always plays the Steelers tough there will be no excuse in the world for the Steelers to lose to either one of those teams at Heinz Field on back to back weeks. Both of those teams are still average to below average teams at bests and I just cannot see either of them coming in here and winning. With all this being said, I like the Steelers to win in Baltimore on opening day by 10 points 24-14. I think the Ravens will be affected a great deal by the players they lost in the off-season and in crunch time much like every Steelers Ravens game Ben and the Steelers defense will make the plays to win and Flacco and the Ravens defense will crash and burn like they always do late in the games against the Steelers.

STEELyourface
08-31-2011, 05:51 PM
It would be easy to think that the Steelers will dominate this schedule. On paper and based on last season, it looks very weak. But I don't believe it will be...

Right off the bat the Steelers get the Ravens on the road. I feel this is a bigger game for Baltimore than it is for the Steelers. The Ravens do well against the Steelers when Big Ben isn't around, but when he is, they don't. Most of the Ravens wins against the Steelers since Big Ben has started has been when Ben has been out. After the Ravens game, there is no way the Steelers should lose the home opener to Seattle. Be worried if you lose to Tavaris Jackson. Then it really gets tough, 4 straight games against the AFC South. Peyton Manning should be back for the Sunday night game, Houston has improved to become VERY dangerous, Tennesee should have Chris Johnson back by the time the Steelers come back home and they will have a better QB behind center in Hasselbeck. Then they finish the run with Jacksonville, who almost always gives the Steelers fits no matter how good or bad they are. Del Rio will have them ready. Remember, the Steelers lost the last 2 games at home against the Jaguars including that playoff lost the year after the SB 40 win.

I also voted for 11-5 and think that is easily the most likely scenario. Easy schedule or hard it is the NFL and if you don't play close to your best you often lose. Seems to me we have a better year (record and depth into the playoffs) when he have a "tough" schedule and a somewhat disappointing season when we have an "easy" schedule.

1. I am much more concerned with the Texans game than the Colts. Schaub can give us fits and they are finally improved on defense. Even if Peyton is back historically coming off injury he starts off struggling a bit.

2. I hate to say this but I think we lose to the Browns once this year. I honestly think Colt McCoy is going to become a decent (not great but solid) NFL QB and Holmgren has had that much more time to put his stamp on this team- he has proved he can rebuild.

3. As for the game we lose that we have no business doing so.... the 49ers. The cross country trip has been heavily noted as a bump in the road for NFL teams across the board and there is a real correlation although it is tougher to go West to East rather than East to West. Also by this time Harbaugh (who I believe in) will have begun to have an effect on the way this team plays so we should be seeing a more disciplined, improving, physical football team.

4. The Patriots. No need to detail the struggles here, although I DO NOT assume it is a given that we lose, but would be ok with a loss here in the event we play them in the playoffs. Yes, a little superstitious, I know.

5. WILD?? Cannot decide on our 5th lose. KC, St. Louis, Jacksonville, Baltimore are all conceivable losses. I will say this, it will not surprise me for us to beat the Ravens twice this year and see them not make the playoffs. They have O-line troubles of their own, an aging defense, our run defense combined with the fact that I'm not sold on Flacco, and I don't think they did anything to measurably improve there football team in free agency and actually got rid of some pieces that are effective against us, most notably Heap.

That is just how I see it but 11-5 does seem likely. In the end, get us into the playoffs (regardless of record and position) and I like our chances to make a run at a seventh shiny little trophy in the glass case outside Tomlin's office.

UPDATE: Couldn't have been more wrong about Baltimore not improving their team to matchup against us, damn! I still am not completely sold on how their season turns out though.