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Old 04-20-2010, 08:55 PM   #1
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Pittsburgh Steelers schedule analysis
April, 20, 2010
http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/pos...ule-analysis-2
By James Walker
Breakdown: The Pittsburgh Steelers will try to round back into championship form in 2010.

Although it feels longer, the Steelers were just hoisting the Lombardi Trophy one year ago. Since then, they struggled through a disappointing 9-7 season and faced numerous off-the-field trouble that we will get to later.

Pittsburgh and the AFC North will match up against the NFC South and AFC East this year, which will provide an interesting slate of games. The AFC East, led by the New York Jets and New England Patriots, is expected to be one of the most balanced divisions in the conference, along with the AFC North.

Complaint department: Pittsburgh's strength of schedule is rated No. 21. So there aren't an overwhelming amount of brutal games on the team's schedule. But the toughest stretch this season will begin on Halloween.

The Steelers play an unusual trio of three consecutive primetime games. It starts Oct. 31 on the road against the defending champion New Orleans Saints. Pittsburgh then hosts the Cincinnati Bengals on "Monday Night Football" Nov. 8, followed by a Sunday night game against the Patriots on Nov. 14. These three games will be a great measuring stick for the Steelers.

No Big Ben: If things go as expected, the NFL will suspend Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger approximately two to four games for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Although no criminal charges were filed, Roethlisberger faced two accusations of sexual assault in the past two years and that was enough to catch commissioner Roger Goodell's attention.

According to the schedule, it appears the Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans are the biggest beneficiaries, because they probably won't face Roethlisberger in the first two weeks. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Baltimore Ravens also could see Pittsburgh's backup quarterback under center if the suspension reaches four games.

Steelers Regular Season Schedule (All times Eastern)
Week 1: Sunday, Sep. 12, Atlanta, 1:00 PM
Week 2: Sunday, Sep. 19, at Tennessee, 1:00 PM
Week 3: Sunday, Sep. 26, at Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 3, Baltimore, 1:00 PM
Week 5: BYE
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 17, Cleveland, 1:00 PM
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 24, at Miami, 1:00 PM
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 31, at New Orleans, 8:20 PM
Week 9: Monday, Nov. 8, at Cincinnati, 8:30 PM
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 14, New England, 8:20 PM
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 21, Oakland, 1:00 PM
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 28, at Buffalo, 1:00 PM
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 5, at Baltimore, 8:20 PM
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 12, Cincinnati, 1:00 PM
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 19, NY Jets, 4:15 PM
Week 16: Thursday, Dec. 23, Carolina, 8:20 PM
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 2, at Cleveland, 1:00 PM
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:42 PM   #2
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I personally think the Steelers have a very tough schedule this upcoming season. To open vs the Falcons will be tough even though its home, with or without Ben that would be a tough game vs a team that should be playing to prove that 2008 was not a fluke for that fairly young team. Then comes the Titans, well this is and should be a blood bath. Without Ben will make it very tough to go to their home stadium and try to steal a win. The Buc's should be improved but the Steelers with or without Ben should handle them. The Ravens in week 4 ?. . . well we all know how this rivalry has really built its way up. I think the Steelers can be atleast 2-2 coming out of this or maybe even 3-1.
Weeks 8-10 will be brutal by all means I hope we are running on all 8 cylinders for that stretch. I will save my predictions til a little later on though.
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:54 PM   #3
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This season's certainly not going to be a cake walk. Gotta have faith though.

Is it September yet?!
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This season's certainly not going to be a cake walk. Gotta have faith though.

Is it September yet?!
In 2008 the schedule looked like a freaking bear and mostly lived up to it's billing and yet the Steelers went out and secured the conference's 2 seed and ended up winning it all.

Converlsy last years schedule looked like a cake walk, and was, but somehow we kept tripping over cupcakes?

In other words, it's not about the schedule it's about who the 2010 Steelers are.
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In 2008 the schedule looked like a freaking bear and mostly lived up to it's billing and yet the Steelers went out and secured the conference's 2 seed and ended up winning it all.

Converlsy last years schedule looked like a cake walk, and was, but somehow we kept tripping over cupcakes?

In other words, it's not about the schedule it's about who the 2010 Steelers are.
we better damm well put teams away this year.....no more of this 13-6 crap with teams like the browns

I got so sick and tired seeing all the other decent teams effortlessly destroy inferior competition last year and yet the defending champs are barely ahead or trailing going into the 4th
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:40 PM   #6
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In 2008 the schedule looked like a freaking bear and mostly lived up to it's billing and yet the Steelers went out and secured the conference's 2 seed and ended up winning it all.

Converlsy last years schedule looked like a cake walk, and was, but somehow we kept tripping over cupcakes?

In other words, it's not about the schedule it's about who the 2010 Steelers are.
The sad part is you're absolutely right. Even last year, we beat the good teams but got beaten by the poop teams. We have to treat EVERY team the same and not play down to our competition!
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There's absolutely no reason why we can't go 12-4 at worst.
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There's absolutely no reason why we can't go 12-4 at worst.
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I think we'll be fine... just as long as we don;t underestimate any of the teams

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This is going to be tough, but I feel they'll be about 10-6 or 11-5. It's weird how weeks 8-10 are all night games.
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