2013 NFL Schedule: Toughest Games for Pittsburgh Steelers
|Sun., Sept. 8||Tennessee||1:00 p.m.|
|Mon., Sept. 16||@Cincinnati||8:40 p.m.|
|Sun., Sept. 22||Chicago||8:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Sept. 29||@Minnesota (Wembley Stadium,London)||1:00 p.m.|
|Sun., Oct., 6||Bye|
|Sun., Oct. 13||@New YorkJets||1:00 p.m.|
|Sun., Oct. 20||Baltimore||4:25 p.m.|
|Sun., Oct. 27||@ Oakland||4:05 p.m.|
|Sun., Nov. 3||@ New England||4:25 p.m.|
|Sun., Nov. 10||Buffalo||1:00 p.m.|
|Sun., Nov. 17||Detroit||1:00 p.m.|
|Sun., Nov. 24||@ Cleveland||1:00 p.m.|
|Thurs., Nov 28||@ Baltimore||8:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Dec. 8||Miami||1:00 p.m.|
|Sun., Dec. 15||Cincinnati||8:30 p.m.|
|Sun. Dec. 22||@ Green Bay||4:25 p.m.|
|Sun., Dec. 29||Cleveland||1:00 p.m.|
Looking at the entire schedule, it seems that the road will be much tougher for the Steelers than it will be at home. Of their eight road games, I can foresee Pittsburgh having a rough time in at least five of them. However, some of their home games won’t be a walk in the park either.
The Steelers will have four nationally televised games, including two against the AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals. The other two are versus the Chicago Bears in Week 3, and the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving night.
In addition to four tough primetime games, Pittsburgh will also have to endure their longest road trip of the season when they travel to merry old England to face the Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium in Week 4. Fortunately, the Steelers were granted an early bye week following the trip across the pond.
Other matchups that will keep Pittsburgh up at night are road games against the New England Patriots (Week 9) and the Green Bay Packers (Week 15). Both of these teams should give a good indication of where the Steelers measure up as a team in the league.
Finally, there is the one game that all Steeler Nation has circled on their calendar. In Week 14, wide receiver Mike Wallace will return to Heinz Field to face his old teammates with his new team, the Miami Dolphins.
Overall, the Steelers have a lot on their plate for the 2013 season. If Pittsburgh can successfully restock their roster via the draft and avoid injuries this coming year, then the difficulty of this schedule may not be as tough as it appears.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google