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SteelCrazy
04-19-2011, 07:08 PM
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The Steelers will play five nationally televised primetime games, it was announced today when the NFL released its 2011 regular season schedule.

Pittsburgh’s nationally televised primetime games at Heinz Field include one against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 8:20 p.m., and another on Thursday night, Dec. 8 at 8:20 p.m. against the Cleveland Browns. Pittsburgh’s other national primetime games include road contests Sunday, Sept. 25 at Indianapolis (8:20 p.m.), Sunday, Nov. 27 at Kansas City (8:20 p.m.) and Monday, Dec. 19 at San Francisco (8:30 p.m.).

“We are pleased that our fans across the country will have several opportunities to watch us play during primetime throughout the fall,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “We look forward to another exciting season at Heinz Field and the challenge of defending the AFC Championship.”

In addition to the Steelers’ two home primetime contests, Pittsburgh will play six more games at Heinz Field – Week 2 vs. Seattle (1 p.m.), Week 5 vs. Tennessee (1 p.m.), Week 6 vs. Jacksonville (1 p.m.), Week 8 vs. New England (4:15 p.m.), Week 13 vs. Cincinnati (1 p.m.) and Week 16 vs. St. Louis (1 p.m.), a game that will be played on Saturday, Dec. 24.

For the first time since 2007, the Steelers will kick off their NFL season on the road, this time against their AFC North rivals, the Baltimore Ravens, on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. Additionally, Pittsburgh will play at Houston in Week 4 (1 p.m.), at Arizona in Week 7 (4:05 p.m.), at Cincinnati in Week 10 (1 p.m.) and at Cleveland in Week 17 (1 p.m.).

The Steelers’ annual bye week will be on Nov. 20 (Week 11).

All Sunday games beginning in Week 11 (Nov. 20) through the remainder of the regular season are subject to flexible scheduling and could be moved into the Sunday night time slot (8:20 p.m.). The NFL will provide at least 12 days notice of time changes due to the “flex” scheduling. Week 17 start time changes could be decided on six days notice to ensure a game with playoff implications. Flexible scheduling will not impact Thursday, Saturday or Monday night games.

The Steelers open their four-game preseason schedule Friday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at FedEx Field against the Washington Redskins. Pittsburgh will play back-to-back home games the following two weeks, Aug. 18 (Thursday) versus the Philadelphia Eagles and Aug. 27 (Saturday) against the Atlanta Falcons. The Steelers conclude their preseason schedule with a road trip to the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, Sept. 1. Three of the Steelers’ preseason games, with the exception of Week 2 versus Philadelphia, will be televised locally on KDKA (channel 2). Fans can listen to every Steelers game throughout the preseason and the regular season on the Steelers Radio Network on WDVE-FM (102.5) and WBGG-AM (970).

2011 PITTSBURGH STEELERS SCHEDULE


Date Opponent Time TV
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

JTP53609
04-19-2011, 07:24 PM
surprise surprise, the majority of our primetime games are on the road.....

sentinel33
04-19-2011, 08:42 PM
While I like the mid-season bye, I was expecting it. We were due.

What is gonna be rough is all the frequent flyer miles the team will be racking up.

Also sucks that we open and close the season on the road.

Playing the A.S.S.s division(Arizona,St. Louis,San Francisco,seattle) should be a real hoot.

The litmus test will be the tilts back-to-back, at home, against New England and Baltimore. That's when we will see what we have.

Otherwise, looks like a manageable schedule. The team should get an opportunity to go after the Lombardi again. :tt1

Shawn
04-19-2011, 08:46 PM
Is it me, or does that schedule seem nice and soft?

sentinel33
04-19-2011, 09:00 PM
I see what you are saying Shawn.

But I feel that Houston, Tennessee, Jacksonville, and St. Louis could get underestimated. Don't wanna go into those games not taking them seriously. I can see where that might happen. None of those teams finished over .500 and to me those teams should be better than that this year. Gotta be careful.

hawaiiansteel
04-19-2011, 09:08 PM
Is it me, or does that schedule seem nice and soft?


The Steelers have the 4th easiest schedule (.473)...

Flasteel
04-19-2011, 09:20 PM
Sunday, Nov. 6 BALTIMORE 8:20 p.m. NBC

Ha! Looks like the Rats plea to not play us in Pittsburgh in primetime didn't last too long. :D

Love the late November bye! I agree we were due. :Clap

I'm not even going to try and predict how easy or difficult this schedule appears to be...not in today's NFL.

Chadman
04-19-2011, 09:54 PM
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

Nice way to finish the season- Steelers could go undefeated from mid November if they play to their ability..

Chadman
04-19-2011, 10:25 PM
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

Tougher start to the season- but if they do what they 'should' & beat Seattle, Houston, Tennessee, Jacksonville & Arizona...well, that leaves 4 'touchy' games...win 1 of those...and the Steelers might go close to the #1 seed...

RuthlessBurgher
04-19-2011, 10:26 PM
Our division schedule is certainly odd. Start out the season against our biggest division rival, and then no more division games again until November. It's weird finishing our season series against the Ravens before playing the Bengals or Browns even once, then finishing our season series against the Bengals before playing the Browns even once.

Baltimore-Baltimore-Cincinnati-Cincinnati-Cleveland-Cleveland, Weird.

Personally, I hate having home games on Thursday nights (I have to work) and on Christmas Eve (I have kids). We have both this year. Sucks for me.

As for the Annual Planet Tailgate, are we aiming for the Sunday night game against the Ravens in the first week of November, or will that be too cold for the out-of-towners? SN1, whattaya think?

hawaiiansteel
04-20-2011, 12:22 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers schedule analysis

April, 19, 2011
By James Walker


Breakdown: As expected, the reigning AFC champions will get their share of the national spotlight with five prime-time games. The first national game will be on the road in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts, which should be a great matchup.

The Steelers caught a break in terms of strength of schedule. Pittsburgh finished first in the AFC North last year but has the 27th-ranked schedule this season. A major reason is the division will face the NFC West, which didn't have a team with a winning record in 2010. The Steelers also will play four games total against the Browns and Bengals, who were a combined 9-23 last season.

Super Bowl runners-up usually struggle the following season. But if Pittsburgh can get through the first month, the 2011 schedule sets up pretty favorably to make another push for the playoffs.

Complaint department: The Steelers begin with road games in three of the first four weeks. That includes a huge rivalry game at the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1 and at Indianapolis in Week 3.

Pittsburgh started 3-1 in the first month without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger last year, jump-starting a Super Bowl run. It will difficult to get off to a similar start this season. A late bye week also doesn't help. Pittsburgh will have its bye this season in Week 11.

Spacing is key: The Steelers' divisional games against the Ravens are always among the most intense and physical of the year. So the NFL did a good job of spacing out the meetings to allow both teams time to recover. The Ravens will host the Steelers in Week 1 and the rematch will be in Pittsburgh in Week 9 on Sunday night. That's two months in between meetings, which is good for both rivals.

http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth

StarSpangledSteeler
04-20-2011, 01:08 AM
Points to consider...

1) Playing Indy early in the season (before they fine tune) is a huge advantage for us.

2) With the age of some of our veterans, an "easy" end to the schedule is extremely beneficial. Not only does it aid our playoff chances. It gives our rookies the opportunity to see the field by season's end if they have learned the playbook.

3) Our defense typically plays very very well against young QB's. And there appear to be a lot of those this year.

4) The teams that give us the most trouble are typically the "highly efficient quick short passing teams". I see only two of those this year.

5) New England and Arizona both get two weeks to prepare/heal up for us (bye week).

hawaiiansteel
04-20-2011, 01:51 AM
Posted: Tuesday April 19, 2011
Don Banks>INSIDE THE NFL

Seventeen NFL games to watch for

The NFL rolled out the 2011 schedule with its usual amount of prime-time fanfare on Tuesday, and yet what do we make of a regular season that has the potential to be anything but regular?

With the league's labor battle unsettled as the draft approaches, the NFL's schedule release had that written-in-pencil feel to it this year, with the words 'subject to change' perhaps the caveat that remains unspoken but implied.

We have been assured time and time again by many that there will be football this season, but no one can be certain just when, or how much of the 2011 schedule will actually come to pass. Early season games would appear to be in the most jeopardy, of course, so take with a grain of salt the buildup for the Saints at Packers on Thursday night of kickoff weekend or the Cowboys at Jets showdown on Sunday night in Week 1.

Fingers crossed, here are the 17 games I can't wait to see in the NFL's 17-week regular season:

1. New York Jets at New England, Week 5: Don't forget it was a scant six weeks between the time the Jets were throttled 45-3 in Foxboro on Monday Night Football in early December last season, and then shockingly won their revenge 28-21 at Gillette Stadium in the AFC divisional playoff. I promise you the Patriots haven't forgotten the taste of that ignominious defeat. Bill Belichick won't let them. The loss finished New England's season, and New York's win was so big that it didn't have much left to throw at Pittsburgh the next week in the AFC title game.

2. San Francisco at Baltimore, Week 12: Anticipation for the league's first Harbaugh Bowl began the minute San Francisco lured Jim Harbaugh up the peninsula and away from Stanford in January. With Jim and John now on different coasts and in different conferences, we won't get too many of these matchups of the NFL's only pair of head coaching brothers. But Baltimore and San Francisco are both talented and intriguing teams worth watching, and if the 49ers can find their own version of the Ravens' Joe Flacco, I could envision them emerging as the turnaround story of the year in the NFC. The league just couldn't resist playing up the family angle as much as possible for this one, putting it on Thanksgiving night on the NFL Network.

3. New Orleans at Green Bay, Week 1: Kudos to the NFL for choosing Saints at Packers for the kickoff game of the season, on Thursday night, Sept. 8 at Lambeau Field. The Bears were rumored to be Green Bay's opponent on flag-flying night, but I'll take the matchup of quarterbacks Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers and the past two Super Bowl MVPs any time. Chicago and Green Bay are historic division rivals, but we got three Bears-Packers games last season, and none of them featured great football. And don't forget, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is a former Saints offensive coordinator, and Saints head coach Sean Payton once thought he was getting the Green Bay job that went to McCarthy just before he got hired in New Orleans. Got all that?

4. Indianapolis at New England, Week 13: For the 47th year in a row (or so it seems), the Colts and Patriots will renew the NFL's most thrilling and dramatic rivalry in the season's second half. We didn't get a controversial fourth-and-2 call to chew on last season, but we were treated to a Colts' fourth-quarter comeback that scared the heck out of New England before safety James Sanders put the game away (31-28) with a leaping interception at the Patriots six-yard line with a half-minute to play. It should be in the NFL bylaws: Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have to play every season. This time it's on what promises to be a chilly Monday night in early Decem-brrrr.

5. Seattle at San Francisco, Week 1: I'm looking forward to the twice annual "What's Your Deal?" Bowl as much as any new and hotly anticipated NFL rivalry to come down the pike in a long time. After their infamous midfield exchange at the end of Stanford's road blowout of USC in 2009, it's to our good fortune that both Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll now coach in the cozy confines of the NFC West. The NFL put this one on opening weekend, wasting no time getting the fireworks started.

6. Green Bay at Atlanta, Week 5: The Packers played twice in Atlanta last season and split those games, but the only one that really mattered was the rematch, when Green Bay could do no wrong in pummeling the top-seeded Falcons 48-21 in the NFC divisional playoffs. The loss ended a glorious season in Atlanta with a discouraging thud, and saddled third-year Falcon Matt Ryan with the burgeoning (and perhaps unfair) reputation of a quarterback who can't win the big one (he's 0-2 in the playoffs). The Super Bowl champs make another trip south, and this time they get the Sunday-night NBC treatment.

7. Kansas City at New England, Week 11: I don't have to tell a Patriots fan what happened the last time the Chiefs trucked into Gillette Stadium for a ballgame. Everybody remembers where they were during that 2008 season-opener, when quarterback Tom Brady proved mortal for the first time, going down with a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter (Bernard Pollard became a dirty couple of words in New England that day). Ironically, Matt Cassel's starting career was launched with that hit, and now he's back in Foxboro on a Monday night facing Brady as the Chiefs' Pro Bowl quarterback. Small world, the NFL.

8. Philadelphia at New York Giants, Week 11: The G-Men have some demons to exorcise in this late-season showdown, their first home game against Philadelphia since last year's memorable Meltdown in the Meadowlands. I'm guessing that no matter what transpires in this Sunday-night prime-time matchup on NBC, New York won't punt the ball within 40 yards of Eagles return man extraordinaire DeSean Jackson. But it would sure be entertaining to see how many shades of red Tom Coughlin's face might turn if the Giants mistakenly do.

9. Green Bay at San Diego, Week 9: Somebody is eventually going to label this game a potential Super Bowl matchup, so we might as well beat everyone to the punch. What I love about the pairing is getting to see Aaron Rodgers and Philip Rivers go head to head, leading two of the most prolific passing games and scoring offenses in the league. Here's what else this game proves: Giving a first-round quarterback time to sit and learn behind an accomplished veteran (Rodgers for three years in Green Bay with Brett Favre, and Rivers for two years in San Diego with Drew Brees) can result in one's patience being very, very rewarded.

10. Pittsburgh at Baltimore, Week 1: At least the Ravens don't have to obsess all season about getting revenge against the Steelers, who knocked Baltimore out of the playoffs for the second time in three years last January. The Steelers also denied John Harbaugh's team a division title with a clutch comeback win on the road in early December. The Steelers and Ravens open the season at M&T Bank Stadium, and one of these days Baltimore has to find a way to get over its Pittsburgh problem.

11. Dallas at New York Jets, Week 1: While many presumed we were destined to get Jets-Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, it's probably more equitable of the NFL to put the spotlight on games in both the New York and Washington areas (Giants at Redskins), given that both were attacked that fateful morning. In Cowboys at Jets on the first Sunday night of the season, we get the entertaining fun of another Ryan brothers reunion, with Rex's cheeky Jets playing host to the star-wearing Cowboys and new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. That's not bad for starters.

12. New England at Philadelphia, Week 12: Tom Brady and Michael Vick facing off head-to-head would be enough, but the game also pits the league's two longest-tenured active head coaches in the Eagles' Andy Reid (on the job since 1999) and the Patriots' Bill Belichick (since 2000). Since both of them took over, the Eagles and Patriots have set the standard for the rest of their respective conferences. Not to mention bland press conferences.

13. San Diego at New York Jets, Week 7: Some day LaDainian Tomlinson will be thought of as a beloved lifelong hero to Chargers fans, and he'll go into Canton with the city of San Diego cheering him on. But at the moment, he's a Jets running back, and his departure from the Chargers organization after the disappointing playoff loss to the Jets in early 2009 wasn't all that warm and fuzzy. It'd be better if this game had him returning to face San Diego for the first time as a New Yorker, but it still should make for must-see TV.

14. Chicago at Denver, Week 14: OK, so we're a sucker for the reunion game theme. We admit it. This already will be Jay Cutler's third season with the Bears, but time hasn't done all that much to dim the memory of how he shot his way out of Denver in the spring of 2009, feuding with then-Broncos rookie head coach Josh McDaniels. Cutler being back at Invesco Field, in a regular-season setting for the first time, will no doubt inspire the Broncos crowd to generate its most hostile and belligerent of greetings for the former Denver quarterback.

15. Philadelphia at Atlanta, Week 2: The first time Michael Vick went back to Atlanta as an Eagle in 2009, he was still Philly's backup quarterback and merely a Wildcat-formation threat. Not this time. Vick is the star of the show for the Eagles now and he'll be center stage when the Falcons welcome Philadelphia in their home opener on NBC's Sunday night football. Vick was hurt and didn't get to play when the Falcons visited Philly last season.

16. Chicago at Green Bay, Week 16: Bears and Packers fans can only hope the NFC North title is again on the line when the two rivals get the Christmas-night prime time stage to themselves at Lambeau Field. It's a rematch of last year's NFC title game, won by Green Bay in Chicago. These two teams play bruising, often inartistic games, but that doesn't mean they're short on drama. Some times sloppy can be fun.

17. New England at Pittsburgh, Week 8: The Patriots own the Men of Steel, putting another 13-point whipping on them in mid-November of last year at Heinz Field. This game comes earlier this season, on Oct. 30, but it's another test of character for both teams amid their typically challenging schedules. Tom Brady is a gaudy 6-1 in Pittsburgh in his career, and somehow it seems entirely fitting that we would get a Pats-Steelers game just as the weather is once again turning frosty in the northeast.

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flippy
04-20-2011, 07:32 AM
Of course we get a cake schedule during a season that may not even get played :)

Let me be the first to go on record with a 19-0 prediction.

Tomlinator
04-20-2011, 08:50 AM
I like the schedule, with the exception of a west coast Monday Nighter followed by a short week right before Xmas, even if it is the 49ers and Rams.

Speaking of the NFC West, something is odd about our games with them. Last time we played that division Seattle came to Heinz Field. I thought the schedule gods had teams in these non-conference games rotate home field so the fans can see the whole leage come thru their town. Shouldn't we be going to Seattle this year? I think it was 2007 when we went to Arizona and St. Louis while San Fran and Seattle came to Pittsburgh.

Oviedo
04-20-2011, 09:11 AM
Is it me, or does that schedule seem nice and soft?


The Steelers have the 4th easiest schedule (.473)...

That is only a statistical anomoly because we play the NFC West. The other oppponents are quite formidable. Still looks like double digit wins are doable again.

Over/Under of 10 and I'll take the over.

SteelerNation1
04-20-2011, 09:58 AM
As for the Annual Planet Tailgate, are we aiming for the Sunday night game against the Ravens in the first week of November, or will that be too cold for the out-of-towners? SN1, whattaya think?

That would be great! Actually, the NE game at 4 or the Ravens would work.

Oviedo
04-20-2011, 01:10 PM
Six trips west of the Mississippi. That is alot of travel.

RuthlessBurgher
04-20-2011, 01:44 PM
Six trips west of the Mississippi. That is alot of travel.

"What river is that, Dad?"

"Ooh, that's the Mississippi, the Mighty Mississip, the Ole Miss, the Old Man...Deeeeep River, my home is ooover Jordannnnah!"

Oviedo
04-20-2011, 02:02 PM
Six trips west of the Mississippi. That is alot of travel.

"What river is that, Dad?"

"Ooh, that's the Mississippi, the Mighty Mississip, the Ole Miss, the Old Man...Deeeeep River, my home is ooover Jordannnnah!"

I sometimes really worry about you :D

RuthlessBurgher
04-20-2011, 02:30 PM
Six trips west of the Mississippi. That is alot of travel.

"What river is that, Dad?"

"Ooh, that's the Mississippi, the Mighty Mississip, the Ole Miss, the Old Man...Deeeeep River, my home is ooover Jordannnnah!"

I sometimes really worry about you :D

My wealth of movie quotes knows no bounds. :mrgreen:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_db3qCLhj99E/THgs5Qzs2RI/AAAAAAAABLo/wXli3EgyoDY/s400/NL4.jpg

ter1230_4
04-20-2011, 03:25 PM
TOMLINATOR WROTE:

Speaking of the NFC West, something is odd about our games with them. Last time we played that division Seattle came to Heinz Field. I thought the schedule gods had teams in these non-conference games rotate home field so the fans can see the whole leage come thru their town. Shouldn't we be going to Seattle this year? I think it was 2007 when we went to Arizona and St. Louis while San Fran and Seattle came to Pittsburgh.[/quote]

I was also surprised by Seattle coming to Pittsburgh this year because it should have been Arizona instead, but then someone told me that there was an obscure change to the scheduling rules in 2009 that prohibited a team from having two interdivision West Coast games while another team in its division had none. Turns out he was right. Since the Steelers would have gone to both SF and Seattle, and two other teams in the AFC North would have gone to neither SF or Seattle, the obscure scheduling rule change required that one of the Steelers West Coast games be moved to Pittsburgh. Of course, there really isn't much difference between flying from Pittsburgh to Phoenix or flying to Seattle, is there?

buckeyehoppy
04-21-2011, 01:31 AM
Our division schedule is certainly odd. Start out the season against our biggest division rival, and then no more division games again until November. It's weird finishing our season series against the Ravens before playing the Bengals or Browns even once, then finishing our season series against the Bengals before playing the Browns even once.

Baltimore-Baltimore-Cincinnati-Cincinnati-Cleveland-Cleveland, Weird.

Personally, I hate having home games on Thursday nights (I have to work) and on Christmas Eve (I have kids). We have both this year. Sucks for me.

As for the Annual Planet Tailgate, are we aiming for the Sunday night game against the Ravens in the first week of November, or will that be too cold for the out-of-towners? SN1, whattaya think?

The Baltimore game sounds like a winner, RB! As long as we can get (roughly) the same weather we had last year, sans the rain.

I'm thinking a Saturday night stay with a Pens game tie-in is just the ticket!

buckeyehoppy
04-21-2011, 01:38 AM
As for the Annual Planet Tailgate, are we aiming for the Sunday night game against the Ravens in the first week of November, or will that be too cold for the out-of-towners? SN1, whattaya think?

That would be great! Actually, the NE game at 4 or the Ravens would work.

The Ravens game works better from my perspective. But, we need to settle the score with the Pats so that would work fine as well.

The NE game would invite a Saturday night in Dahntahn Picksburgh! Yes, oh yes... that would work as well!!! :tt2 :tt2 :tt2

RuthlessBurgher
04-21-2011, 10:01 AM
Our division schedule is certainly odd. Start out the season against our biggest division rival, and then no more division games again until November. It's weird finishing our season series against the Ravens before playing the Bengals or Browns even once, then finishing our season series against the Bengals before playing the Browns even once.

Baltimore-Baltimore-Cincinnati-Cincinnati-Cleveland-Cleveland, Weird.

Personally, I hate having home games on Thursday nights (I have to work) and on Christmas Eve (I have kids). We have both this year. Sucks for me.

As for the Annual Planet Tailgate, are we aiming for the Sunday night game against the Ravens in the first week of November, or will that be too cold for the out-of-towners? SN1, whattaya think?

The Baltimore game sounds like a winner, RB! As long as we can get (roughly) the same weather we had last year, sans the rain.

I'm thinking a Saturday night stay with a Pens game tie-in is just the ticket!

I was hoping for this all year last season, but it never worked out that the Pens played at home on a Saturday on the same weekend that the Steelers played at home on Sunday (so I haven't seen a game at CONSOL yet). Unfortunately, we'll have to wait quite a while until next year's hockey schedule is released, because we are only in the first round of the playoffs (and Lord Stanley's Cup won't be awarded until June!)

TallyStiller
04-22-2011, 01:59 PM
Late season schedule sets up very nicely. If we can reach week 9 at 4 - 5, we likely still make the playoffs. If we get to week 9 5 - 4, we're in the running for a bye down to the final week at a minimum. At 6 - 3 in that first half we walk away with the division and a bye and maybe overall #1. Don't expect better than 6 - 3, but if we get it, it'll be a 1978/2004 caliber regular season... with me hoping the postseason looks a little more 1978 ish than 2004 ish.

Then again, this is still the club that managed to monkeywrench it's 2009 by losing to Cincy, KC, Oakland, and Cleveland in succession, so anything is possible. Far be it from me to count my chickens before they hatch.

NJ-STEELER
04-23-2011, 12:13 AM
damn

i like to be in full hate mode when playing baltimore.


season opener is the 10 year anniversary of 9-11.

RuthlessBurgher
04-23-2011, 01:51 AM
Glancing at the schedule again, I just happened to notice another quirk. We play the entire AFC South division in back-to-back-to-back-to-back games.

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

NJ-STEELER
04-23-2011, 02:17 PM
we also have 2 games with 'short' weeks


the sunday/thurs nite game


and the monday nite game @ SF followed up with saturday X mas eve

buckeyehoppy
04-23-2011, 08:03 PM
Our division schedule is certainly odd. Start out the season against our biggest division rival, and then no more division games again until November. It's weird finishing our season series against the Ravens before playing the Bengals or Browns even once, then finishing our season series against the Bengals before playing the Browns even once.

Baltimore-Baltimore-Cincinnati-Cincinnati-Cleveland-Cleveland, Weird.

Personally, I hate having home games on Thursday nights (I have to work) and on Christmas Eve (I have kids). We have both this year. Sucks for me.

As for the Annual Planet Tailgate, are we aiming for the Sunday night game against the Ravens in the first week of November, or will that be too cold for the out-of-towners? SN1, whattaya think?

The Baltimore game sounds like a winner, RB! As long as we can get (roughly) the same weather we had last year, sans the rain.

I'm thinking a Saturday night stay with a Pens game tie-in is just the ticket!

I was hoping for this all year last season, but it never worked out that the Pens played at home on a Saturday on the same weekend that the Steelers played at home on Sunday (so I haven't seen a game at CONSOL yet). Unfortunately, we'll have to wait quite a while until next year's hockey schedule is released, because we are only in the first round of the playoffs (and Lord Stanley's Cup won't be awarded until June!)

After today's game, Lord Stanley's Cup seems a little far away. OTOH, the home team has only won once in this series. Couple that with the fact that I won't be able to see the game and I like our chances.

A game at CONSOL, would be lovely. Let's see if the symbiosis exists between the NFL and NHL schedulers.

I like the night game, FWIW. Since I don't work Mondays, as of yet, it's no sweat to do a Sunday nighter. That might change between now and then. But, for now, the Baltimore game works.