Alright, the football/Steeler news is slow... Very slow right now. ... So I've found myself analyzing and dissecting our upcoming schedule. Many issues are obvious, and some are just opinions... But there's not much else to dissect at the present time. Yes, I know... It's hard to say about how well various teams will perform once the season starts, but everyone must have some pre-conceived notions about what we will be faced with... At least have some observations or comments.

So what are YOUR thoughts, comments, or opinions about our schedule, or the rest of the division for that matter? Let's hear 'em!.....



Baltimore Ravens:
9/7 ...CINCINNATI ...1:00
9/14 ...at Houston ...4:15
9/21 ...CLEVELAND ...4:15
9/29 ...at Pittsburgh ...8:30
10/5 ...TENNESSEE ...1:00
10/12 ...at Indianapolis ...1:00
10/19 ...at Miami ...1:00
10/26 ...OAKLAND ...1:00
11/2 ...at Cleveland ...1:00
11/9 ...BYE WEEK
11/16 ...at N.Y. Giants ...1:00
11/23 ...PHILADLEPHIA ...1:00
11/30 ...at Cincinnati ...1:00
12/7 ...WASHINGTON ...1:00
12/14 ...PITTSBURGH ...1:00
12/20 ...at Dallas ...8:15
12/28 ...JACKSONVILLE ...1:00

Cincinnati Bengals:
9/7 ...at Baltimore ...1:00
9/14 ...TENNESSEE ...1:00
9/21 ...at N.Y. Giants ...1:00
9/28 ...CLEVELAND ...1:00
10/5 ...at Dallas ...4:15
10/12 ...at N.Y. Jets ...1:00
10/19 ...PITTSBURGH ...1:00
10/26 ...BYE WEEK
11/2 ...JACKSONVILLE ...1:00
11/9 ...at Houston ...1:00
11/16 ...PHILADELPHIA ...1:00
11/20 ...at Pittsburgh ...8:15
11/30 ...BALTIMORE ...1:00
12/7 ...at Indianapolis ...1:00
12/14 ...WASHINGTON ...1:00
12/21 ...at Cleveland ...1:00
12/28 ...KANSAS CITY ...1:00

Cleveland Browns:
9/7 ...DALLAS ...4:15
9/14 ...PITTSBURGH ...8:15
9/21 ...at Baltimore ...4:15
9/29 ...at Cincinnati ...1:00
10/5 ...BYE WEEK
10/13 ...N.Y. GIANTS ...8:30
10/19 ...at Washington ...4:15
10/26 ...at Jacksonville ...4:05
11/2 ...BALTIMORE ...1:00
11/6 ...DENVER ...8:15
11/17 ...at Buffalo ...8:30
11/23 ...HOUSTON ...1:00
11/30 ...INDIANAPOLIS ...1:00
12/7 ...at Tennessee ...1:00
12/15 ...at Philadelphia ...8:30
12/21 ...CINCINNATI ...1:00
12/28 ...at Pittsburgh ...1:00

-We only have five 1pm games, and three of them are subject to "flex scheduling".

-The Steelers will honor the memory of Myron Cope before the home opener on Sept 7th.

-The Browns schedule features the same opponents as ours with two exceptions... Cleveland plays Buffalo instead of New England, and Denver instead of San Diego.

-The only two teams on the '08 schedule that had losing records last season were division opponents Baltimore and Cincinnati.

-Eight of our games are against teams that made the playoffs last season.

-We will face 4 of the top 5 passers in '07.

-The two most recent Super Bowl champions are on the schedule.

-Five prime-time games: 2 on Sundays, 2 on Mondays, and 1 on Thursday.

-Only one national telecast during pre-season... Tough for anyone outside of the 'Burgh.

-I see our month of December being quite brutal, just as it was last season.

-November is a close second in "brutality" level.

-Cincinnati could very well be 1-5 or 0-6 when we first see them in October...

-Many more 1pm games for our divisional foes (I love 1pm games). But winning teams end up playing in prime-time, so it goes with the territory.

-I can see us starting another losing streak for Baltimore when we face them in December, thus ending thier season on a sour note.

-With a tough schedule, I do NOT rule out any of our divisional opponents to remain in the running throughout the season.

-Many "high-profile" players will set foot on Heinz Field this year: Eli Manning, Plaxico Burress, Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Bob Sanders, Dwight Freeny, LaDanian Tomlinson, Shawne Merriman, Tony Romo, Terrell Owens, and DeMarcus Ware.

-The final game is against Cleveland, and it just might decide the division winner.

-We have three games this season the day following a Pitt Panther home game. Hou Sept 7th, Giants Oct 26th, Indy Nov 9th.... Not sure about the WPIAL H.S. Playoff schedule... "Rain, rain, go away..."