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Old 03-26-2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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Default Steelers in mix to host NFL season opener vs. Ravens

Steelers in mix to host NFL season opener vs. Ravens

By Alan Robinson
Published: Monday, March 25, 2013

The Steelers could be in line to play host to the NFL's season-opening prime time game, one usually staged at the home of the Super Bowl champion.

Because the Baltimore Ravens cannot play at home on the night of Thursday, Sept. 5, when the NFL will open its season, Pittsburgh and Denver are two of the primary sites being considered by the league. The Chicago Bears also could be the opponent if the NFL decides to match the Ravens against an interconference opponent.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who announced last week at the annual NFL meetings that the Ravens would not open at home, wants a strong TV matchup for the season opener, and the Steelers and Broncos both offer that.

Ravens vs. Steelers is widely considered to be the NFL's best ongoing rivalry, with seven of the past nine games in the series decided by three points. The Ravens' overtime playoff win at AFC top-seeded Denver in January was one of the league's premier games of 2012.

The Ravens' other road opponents Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Miami and Buffalo wouldn't offer nearly as attractive an opening night TV matchup.

Ravens-Steelers games normally get high TV ratings and often are played at night. The AFC North rivals played a Sunday night game in Pittsburgh last season and a late Sunday afternoon game in Baltimore that drew the NFL's 19th largest TV audience of the season.

The Ravens cannot play at home on Sept. 5 because the Orioles are locked into a night game that cannot be moved, and the two teams share parking facilities. The NFL also won't play a night earlier, on Sept. 4, because it is the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah.

The Steelers would not have any baseball conflicts on Sept. 5 because the Pirates will be on a road trip. Baseball also isn't a problem in Denver; the Rockies, who play in a different part of town than the Broncos do, are idle that night.

The Steelers declined to comment on the possibility of opening the NFL season at home. The NFL is expected to announce the opening night matchup before the 2013 league schedule is released April 16.

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Old 03-26-2013, 03:57 PM   #2
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We'd kick their asses, so would Denver or Chicago.

Their fucked regardless hahaha.
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:02 PM   #3
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i hope it not us in the first game. i would rather play them closer to the end of the season
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Why does the NFL give a shit about a jewish holiday?
Sundays are a Christian holiday, but I guess fuck them.
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i hope it not us in the first game. i would rather play them closer to the end of the season
Normally, I would agree: Pittsburgh plays them better in Oct and later.

But, next year, I would rather play Baltimore early... when Baltimore is still trying to figure out who is going to play RCB, ILB, OLB, Flanker, and RG. They are going to be in disarray for at least four games.
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Normally, I would agree: Pittsburgh plays them better in Oct and later.

But, next year, I would rather play Baltimore early... when Baltimore is still trying to figure out who is going to play RCB, ILB, OLB, Flanker, and RG. They are going to be in disarray for at least four games.

thats exactly why i dont want to play them early. i love this rivalry and i want to see both teams in mid season form when we play. i do see however that playing them early would be to our advantage.
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:13 PM   #7
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Default Re: Steelers in mix to host NFL season opener vs. Ravens

No disrespect to you guys, but considering the payback factor the Broncos have in for us, I'm really hoping we play at Pitt as opposed to at Denver in week one. It's the lesser of two evils, IMO.

Not to mention, Denver looks absolutely terrifying this coming season with the addition of Welker and the players will have had a full year to familiarize with Manning's system.

And there's no chance we play Chicago. There's just no storyline there at all. It'd be dumb compared to the other two possibilities.
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Normally, I would agree: Pittsburgh plays them better in Oct and later.

But, next year, I would rather play Baltimore early... when Baltimore is still trying to figure out who is going to play RCB, ILB, OLB, Flanker, and RG. They are going to be in disarray for at least four games.
Aren't we in the same boat?
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I pray we get to play them.
Can't take my son to his first home game due to conflicts with me coaching.
This would be a dream come true on a Thursday night.
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I pray we get to play them.
Can't take my son to his first home game due to conflicts with me coaching.
This would be a dream come true on a Thursday night.
Hey, I hope your dream comes true. I would rather the Steelers play the Ravens early rather than Week 11 and Week 13 like last season. Big Ben has a better chance of being healthy Week 1, rather than missing games against the Ravens like last season.

When I first heard the news that the Orioles wouldn't go along with the Ravens playing that Thursday night opener in Baltimore, the report I was listening to made it sound like the Ravens were going to get screwed out of a home game. Too good to be true. At least the Steelers are playing one away game at a neutral field, in London. I bet there are way more Steeler fans in London than Vikings fans at that game.. I mean, the Vikings once invaded England.
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