The last two times the NFL has played games on Sept. 11, the Pittsburgh Steelers have played at Baltimore.
In 2011, they lost the season opener to the Ravens 35-7. They again play at Baltimore on the anniversary of 9/11 on Thursday night. The Steelers’ all-time record on Thursdays?
That record doesn’t begin to tell the tale of Thursday calamity that has haunted this franchise throughout its history.
Last year’s Footgate incident on Thanksgiving was just the latest installment in that saga.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was fined $100,000 for having his toe on the field and interfering with Ravens’ kick returner Jacoby Jones. The Steelers lost the game 22-20 and Tomlin was lampooned all the over Internet.
For some reason, the Steelers play at Baltimore on a Thursday night for the second straight year. The schedule makers must hate the Steelers. Every NFL team is obligated to play at least one Thursday game, but just like last year, the Steelers’ brutal Sunday-Thursday turnaround involves a trip to their most hostile road environment.
The Steelers (1-0) will try to win on Thursday for the first time since 2011 (but that was a hollow victory, more on that later). More importantly, they have an opportunity to push the Ravens (0-1) into an early-season sand trap that would be tough to shoot their way out of.