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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Steelers 2009 schedule released

With the 29th-toughest schedule in 2009, the Steelers' schedule looks even easier in terms of when and where the games will be played.

The NFL released the schedule Tuesday and it shapes up like this:

Thurs. Sept. 10, Tennessee 8:30 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 20, at Chicago, 4:15 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 27, at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 4 San Diego, 8:20 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 11, at Detroit, 1 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 18, Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 25, Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 9, at Denver, 8:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 15, Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 22, at Kansas City, 1 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 29, at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 6, Oakland, 1 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 10, at Cleveland, 8:20 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 20, Green Bay, 1 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 27, Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 3, at Miami, 1 p.m.

Again, not a difficult schedule and one made easier by the fact the Steelers only play back-to-back road games twice.


Anonymous said...

I like this schedule


Patrick said...

yeh i was just about to say, that late Bye could be huge and comes in the middle of a relatively easy stretch.

The key to this season is to keep focus. Not counting the chickens before they hatch or being ignorant, but just by showing up the Steelers can go 10-6. This year is the chance to dominate and I hope Tomlin has the pedal full throttle on them from day 1 of training camp.

I truely beleive this could be a special season for the Steelers as they have not changed much and they started to play their best ball towards the end of the year and playoffs.

Anonymous said...

Lots of 1 p.m. games, different than last year. You can bet a lot of them will be flexed to 4:15 though.

I also like that we don't have to go to Oakland or SD. The only really tough travel on the schedule is a trip to Denver (two time zones plus high altitude). I'd be willing to bet we lose that game. It almost killed Ryan Clark last time!

Anonymous said...

All and all a nice look for a good season for the Curtain...second half games will test and so will injuries, but over all I'll call 12-4...Harrison has to not mail it in after his contract and support at the corners will not hurt...Willie must remain healthy this year and consistency at fullback has to happen.

Confident yes but but how many more hits can Ben take...look at the defenses he's going to face(blindside tackle in most cases).

To quote..."Cry Havoc and let slip the dogs of war!"

Been a fan since the '70's...would like to see back to back again.

Dale Lolley said...

It's a disappointment if they don't win 12 with that schedule.

The interesting part is since Indy and NE both finished second in their divisions, the Ravens have to play them and the Steelers don't.

Big difference playing Miami and Tennessee as opposed to Indy and NE.

Patrick said...

Dale do you think Ryan Clark will travel to Denver? That is an interesting situation and I don't think it will cause the Steelers to alter their draft plans, but it has to be in the back of their minds. What if we have to go to Denver for the AFCCG this year? I know that is far off, but its at least possible

An injury to Clark or Troy and our secondary has a major hole in it.

Dale Lolley said...

Even if he doesn't play, he'll go to the game. It won't alter what they do. Last I checked, the Broncos don't have a reliable QB any more.
They like Mundy and still have Tyrone Carter.

Patrick said...

I'm sorry but if he doesn't play, why would they subject him to the conditions of going to the game?

I get it that by playing he exercabates the situation but theres no way even bringing him to the high altitude helps.

And if Mundy and Carter are the only back ups, I think that proves that the position is thin. Mundy has never played a game if my memory serves me correctly and Ty Carter is what he is, not a starter. Maybe Roy Lewis is capable....big maybe though.

Anonymous said...

Rumor is that clark is going to Colorado with Dr. before season to test the hogher elevation.... Might be just a rumor.

Dale Lolley said...

The condition only exhibits itself if you over exert yourself and get dehdrated.
I'm sure there are plenty of people living with thte Sickle Cell gene in Denver who never have a problem.
But when you tax your body to the limit, it's going to play hell on you.

kelly said...

I just saw that Gary Russell was released... Why??

I really wanted to see more of him.

Patrick said...

yes Dale, please explain the Russell release. I'm completely puzzled by it and almost bothered. I know Russell wasn't blowing up defenses last year, but why release him? He was the short yardage back AND the kick returner.

I guees with Parker, Moore and Mendenhall he was expendable and the organization thought it best to give him a chance to catch on with another team early? I just don't understand the logic of not keeping him in case of a camp injury.

Frank Summers becomes more of a possibility and I would bet the house on a WR or CB with kick return abilities by Round 3 now.

Russell is also what, 23, 24? He s young.

Anonymous said...

Saying 12 wins would be a disappointment is comical. And you've covered the NFL for how long? The NFL is the only league that changes year-to-year. Would it be disappointing to be division champs at 11-5. Certainly not. C'mon Dale, you're better than that.