With the release of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 schedule, fans get their first glimpse of what the upcoming season will hold. By now, most people have an idea of what the Steelers could be like next season. They’ve taken some lumps this offseason, but for the most part, the nucleus of the team is intact. There’s no point in making predictions at this juncture, but based on what we know about Pittsburgh, they figure to be in about the same position as last year – fighting for a playoff spot.
So with that in mind, let’s take a look at the 2013 regular season schedule:
Week 1 – Tennessee Titans
Week 2 – @ Cincinnati Bengals (MNF)
Week 3 – Chicago Bears (SNF)
Week 4 – Minnesota Vikings (Game in London)
Week 5 – BYE
Week 6 – @ New York Jets
Week 7 – Baltimore Ravens
Week 8 – @ Oakland Raiders
Week 9 – @ New England Patriots
Week 10 – Buffalo Bills
Week 11 – Detroit Lions
Week 12 – @ Cleveland Browns
Week 13 – @ Baltimore Ravens (TNF)
Week 14 – Miami Dolphins
Week 15 – Cincinnati Bengals (SNF)
Week 16 – @ Green Bay Packers
Week 17 – Cleveland Browns
The Steelers need to get off to a good start in 2013, because they simply don’t have enough talent to overcome too many losses early on. The good news is that the first quarter of their schedule has some winnable games.
Starting in week one, they have the Titans at home, which is definitely a game they can win. The trip to Cincinnati the following week will be difficult, but certainly not impossible. Then they’ll face a tough Bears’ team at Heinz field, followed by a toss up matchup over the pond with Minnesota.
These first four games will be so crucial for the Steelers. They’re a team that cannot afford to go 1-3, and even going 2-2 is not really the start the team needs. But overall, their schedule is not brutal. The AFC has three teams at the top, and the rest will be very much alive for positions in the postseason.
While 2-2 is not ideal, I think Pittsburgh can survive if they at least split the first four games.
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