Well here we go again it's time to put all the talk of the 2nd and 3rd stringers making the team to rest and it's time to kick it off for real when it counts once and for all next Thursday night against the Tennessee Titans. Some might say the Steelers schedule is a walk in the park and easy. But Im here to tell you that while it might be easy or not that difficult for a better term the first 4 weeks of the season for the Steelers with games against the Titans, then back to back games on the road in Chicago and Cincy, followed by hosting a very good San Diego Chargers team on a Sunday night the first week of October will be anything but easy.
I believe these first four games are just what the doctor ordered for the Steelers to test them against two of the AFC's best in the Titans and Chargers, and playing a pretty tough game in Chicago in their home opener against a Bears team that will be improved. And against a division rival on the road in Cincinnati the 3rd week of the season who will be looking to make a statement early on in the year, and who I believe will be much improved with a better defense and Carson Palmer back in the lineup. While I do believe the Steelers are better then all 4 of these teams they will face to start the year they are going to have to be on top of their game in each 4 of these contests or I can definitely see them slipping in one of them for sure.
If I had to pick a game for the Steelers to lose out of the four I would pick the Bears. I say this because the Steelers always seem to slip early on in the year in September and they have done it the last 2 years under Mike Tomlin losing their first game of the season in Arizona in 2007 and in Philly last year in 2008. Losing to an NFC team either is not the worst thing in the world because it will not count against tiebrakers later on in the season and it's only one loss very early in the season when it doesnt have much impact
The bottom line is I believe the Steelers at the very worst will come out of the first 4 games 3-1 and with the Lions and Browns up next on the schedule after the first 4 games that should put them in great position to stay right on track and continue to stay on top in the AFC North and in the AFC overall going into the latter month of October into November. Steelers fans though need to be careful though as I mentioned about saying this schedule is easy and their are no tough games because as I pointed out the first 4 games of the season could be nothing further from the truth. Anybody that thinks the Steelers are going to win those games simply by just showing up are mistaken because they will get tested and tested fairly good I believe this first month of the season and they will be a better football team because of it later on in the season when it really starts to matter.