Takeaways from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2017 schedule
The NFL released the 2017 schedules on Thursday night. Before we get to some takeaways on what’s ahead for the Pittsburgh Steelers, here’s a brief look at the schedule.
You can read more details on each game here.
Week 1: at Browns
Week 2: Vikings
Week 3: at Bears
Week 4: at Ravens
Week 5: Jaguars
Week 6: at Chiefs
Week 7: Bengals
Week 8: at Lions
Week 9: Bye
Week 10: at Colts
Week 11: Titans
Week 12: Packers
Week 13: at Bengals
Week 14: Ravens
Week 15: Patriots
Week 16: at Texans
Week 17: Browns
Now, here are some quick takeaways from the Steelers’ schedule:
1. There will be plenty of chances to see the Steelers in primetime.
The Steelers are slated to play five primetime games. The first is Week 8 at Detroit. Then, they’ll play four-straight primetime games from Week 11-14 against Tennessee, Green Bay, Cincinnati and Baltimore.
2. The backend of the schedule is the tough.
In Weeks 14-16, the Steelers will face Baltimore, New England and Houston. The Patriots and the Texans both won their division last year, while Pittsburgh knocked Baltimore out of playoff contention when it clinched the AFC North on Christmas. Any or all of those games could have some playoff implications. Fortunately for the Steelers, two of those games are at home. Unfortunately, they haven’t beaten the Patriots at home since 2011.
3. The Steelers are playing on Christmas again.
Last season, Pittsburgh played on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. This year, the Steelers will travel to Houston to face the Texans for a 4:30 game on Christmas. They also face the Browns at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at Heinz Field. You could say that Cam Heyward is not pleased:
Wow surprise surprise[?] lets play Christmas again. Real creative #not
— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) April 21, 2017
4. The Steelers start the season with five afternoon games.
The Steelers open the season with five-straight 1 p.m. games against Cleveland, Minnesota, Chicago, Baltimore and Jacksonville. Pittsburgh will face each of its AFC North opponents — Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland — in the first seven games. Its bye week comes right at midseason in Week 9.
5. All but three games will be played on Sunday.
The Steelers will play all their games on Sunday except for three. In Week 11, they’ll face Tennessee in primetime on Thursday, Nov. 16. That game will be broadcast on NBC/NFL Network. In Week 13, Pittsburgh will face the Bengals on Monday. Dec. 4 (ESPN). The last non-Sunday game is Christmas, which falls on a Monday.