While the 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers season schedule is always of interest (and intriguing) to their fans, this year it is particularly so. Notable features of this years slate of games include a return to Denver (site of their last game) in the opener, an encounter against the quarterback who beat them in last years last game the very next week, a series of ‘rivalry’ games (in addition to the annual intra-division battles), and other significant entries including prime time and big name matchups.
Returning to the Scene of the Crime
The first thing that jumps out at viewers of the Steelers 2012 schedule is the very first game. The Steelers begin the 2012 regular season in the same place (but they hope not the same way) they ended the previous season. Pittsburgh visits the Denver Broncos in week 1, in the first prime-time Sunday night game of the season. The Broncos overtime victory against the Steelers in the first round of last years’ playoffs, rudely and abruptly ending the Steelers season, also occurred in Denver.
Double-Up for Tebow Fans
The next noteworthy item on the Steelers 2012 schedule is the very next game. Tim Tebow, the amazing, clutch, controversial quarterback who played such an integral role in prematurely ending the Steelers playoff run last year as a member of the Broncos, is now a New York Jet. So who do the Steelers play in week 2? You guessed it, Tebows’ Jets! Steeler fans will be hoping there are no Tebow miracles this time around.
Rivalry Battles Abound
Every year the Steelers play 6 games (2 games each) against their division rivals – the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, and Cleveland Browns. In addition to these annual high-intensity clashes, there are several other games this year against teams with a historical rivalry with the Black & Gold.
After Denver (who the Steelers seem to meet in the playoffs every few years) and New York (who Pittsburgh beat in the AFC championship game 2 years ago), week 3 features an encounter with the Oakland Raiders. Older Steeler fans still remember, no doubt, big-game battles against the Raiders – especially in the 1970’s, when one of the most memorable plays in NFL history (Franco Harris’ Immaculate Reception) won a playoff game against this very team. Other rivalry games include in-state rival Philadelphia Eagles (week 5), former divisional foe Tennessee Titans (successor to the Houston Oilers – week 6), and Super Bowl rival Dallas Cowboys (who the Steelers have faced in 3 of their 8 modern-era championship game appearances – week 15). Finally, it seems incomplete to exclude from this list of rivals the week 14 opponent San Diego Chargers (who have had several high-impact, late-season – including playoff – games against the Steelers in more recent history).
Other Items of Interest
Other notable features of the Steelers 2012 season schedule (documented in full further below), include:
– Games against (arguably) their most heated rival – the Ravens – in weeks 11 and 13 of the 17-week schedule
– Speaking of heated rivals, the Steelers games against division rivals Ravens, Browns, and Bengals are mostly back-loaded – weeks 7, 11-13, and 16-17
– Games against non-conference teams (this year the NFC East) are weeks 5 (Eagles), 8 (Washington Redskins), 9 (New York Giants), and 15 (Cowboys)
– Not only do the Steelers have to face the defending Super Bowl champions (the Giants) this year, but they also have to play them on the road
– A rough start (4 of their first 6 games are away from home) is balanced by a friendly finish (3 of their final 4 at home)
– Once again the Steelers are Prime-Timers – 5 games are currently scheduled in Prime Time TV slots this year, including Sunday night affairs against the Broncos (week 1), Bengals (week 7), and Ravens (week 11) as well as a Monday nighter against the Kansas City Chiefs (week 10) and Thursday night fight against the Titans (week 6)
Keep reading for the full schedule in chronological order.
2012 Pittsburgh Steelers Schedule:
Week Opponent Home or Away Date and Time
1 Denver Broncos Away Sep 9, 8:20 PM
2 New York Jets Home Sep 16, 4:15 PM
3 Oakland Raiders Away Sep 23, 4:15 PM
4 (BYE) N/A N/A
5 Philadelphia Eagles Home Oct 07, 1:00 PM
6 Tennessee Titans Away Oct 11, 8:20 PM
7 Cincinnati Bengals Away Oct 21, 8:20 PM
8 Washington Redskins Home Oct 28, 1:00 PM
9 New York Giants Away Nov 04, 4:15 PM
10 Kansas City Chiefs Home Nov 12, 8:30 PM
11 Baltimore Ravens Home Nov 18, 8:20 PM
12 Cleveland Browns Away Nov 25, 1:00 PM
13 Baltimore Ravens Away Dec 02, 4:15 PM
14 San Diego Chargers Home Dec 09, 1:00 PM
15 Dallas Cowboys Away Dec 16, 4:15 PM
16 Cincinnati Bengals Home Dec 23, 1:00 PM
17 Cleveland Browns Home Dec 30, 1:00 PM
Randall Borror is an NFL (and especially Steelers) fan who grew up on the other side of the state of Pennsylvania (suburb of Philadelphia) but couldn t resist the urge as a young boy to root for the Black & Gold – including Terry Bradshaw, Lynn Swann, Franco Harris, Mean Joe Greene, and Jack Lambert (to name a few). Though now far removed from the state of PA, he still roots for the Steelers every weekend during the fall – as well as during the other 3 seasons (post-season, off-season, and pre-season).