Week Two Monday 9/16 at Cincinnati – While the Ravens are the champs, the Bengals are already getting a lot of buzz about being the best team in the AFC North in 2013. The Steelers always seem to have good success in Cincy, including a win there on Sunday night at year ago. Now in week two it’s Monday night, and it’s the Bengals home opener, and the Jungle will be rocking. The Steelers can’t fall into the hype of A.J. Green and Andy Dalton, and have to do what they seem to do best – out physical the Bengals. Also some guy named James Harrison will be on the loose, and his aggression could be something the Steelers need to watch for.
Week Nine Sunday 11/03 at New England – A big game between two bitter AFC foes, and the Steelers the last time out did a nice job holding down the Pats offense and Tom Brady in a win at Heniz Field. The Steelers have been awful in Foxboro when Brady is their starting QB, with the only win in the stadium being the year that Matt Cassel filled in for an injured Brady. The offense needs to put up points, and keeping Ben Roethlisberger will be a key in this battle for two teams that have high hopes for the postseason.
Week Thirteen Thursday 11/28 at Baltimore – Thanksgiving night on the road in Baltimore? Not an easy task for sure, but a game the Steelers may need to make a late run at either a wild card or the division title. The Ravens are down after their Super Bowl win, and the Steelers may be fighting them for either the division title or possibly a wild card, and this game may go a long way in that. The Steelers need to contain Joe Flacco, who thinks he’s now Tom Brady, and the Steelers offense should be able to move on a Ravens D that is not as good as year ago with the losses of Ray Lewis and Paul Kruger.
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