Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Steelers Schedule Released

Well, here it is. Start planning those road trips, because the 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers schedule has been released. The Steelers own the toughest schedule in the NFL, with their opponents sporting a .598 winning percentage based on 2007 records. Here's the schedule:

A few things:

1) It's an absoutely brutal schedule. Right now. But things change, so we don't really know how tough this schedule really is. If your favorite team had the Bears, Saints, or Ravens on the schedule last season, you may have penciled that in as a loss. As fate would have it, all those teams pretty much stunk in 2007. So while it may look imposing now, I have a feeling it won't look as daunting, say, in October.

2) Let's remember that the rest of the teams in the AFC North play the exact same opponents as we do, with the exception of New England and San Diego. So our rivals in Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Cleveland have it tough as well.

3) Check out Week 10 through Week 15. As it looks now, that's as tough a stretch as you'll find on any team's schedule. Indy, San Diego, and divisional-rival Cincy at home, followed by a road game against New England, and then home and away versus the Cowboys and another division foe in the Ravens, respectively. Not good times, but again, you never know what these teams will look like in November and December

4) What good is the release of the schedule without a prediction? Take these with a grain of salt, because again, who knows how good these teams will be (Do I sound like a broken record?). With the schedule set up the way it is, a 9-7 record could win the AFC North. Here are my game-by-game predictions. Feel free to leave yours in the comments:

Week 1- vs. Hou (W), Week 2- @ Cle (W), Week 3- @ Phi (L), Week 4- vs. Bal (W), Week 5- @ Jac (L), Week 6- BYE, Week 7- @ Cin (W), Week 8- vs. NYG (W), Week 9- @ Was (W), Week 10- vs. Ind (L), Week 11- vs. SD (W), Week 12- vs. Cin (W), Week 13- @ NE (L), Week 14 vs. Dal (W), Week 15- @ Bal (L), Week 16- @ Ten (W), Week 17- vs. Cle (L)

Final W/L record: 10-6, AFC North Champions


Pat said...

Going 3-1 against the NFC East would be huge. Not sure that we can beat the Redskins, Giants, and Cowboys though. If anything, I think we beat the Eagles and lose to one of those three teams.

Anonymous said...

The Steelers aren't going to beat the Bengals twice. Granted, we may have so many players imprisoned that we have to forfeit both games, but there shall be no double victory for Pittsburgh.

Anonymous said...

Based on historical precedent, the only guaranteed losses I see are @JAX, @NE, and @BAL. The rest of the games should be winnable. I just hope we sweep the Bengals and Browns again, that was sweet last year.