Bumped. Thanks Steelin. -Blitz-
The Steelers opponents for 2009 have been determined. The reward for facing down Murderer's Row this season is a much easier schedule next year. Rather than playing every team in the AFC South and NFC East, we face the much weaker AFC West (which failed to produce a single team with a winning record) and the mediocre NFC North. Because the Patriots did not win their division, we will not play them in 2009, instead taking on the Dolphins, who are likely to fall back to earth next year. We do have a rematch with the Titans on next year's schedule, but it is their turn to come to our house.
The toughest matchups look to be the two games against the Ravens, the aforementioned Titans at home, and the Chargers at home. On the flip side, fully half of our games are against the Browns, Bengals, Chiefs, Raiders, Packers, and the reliably lame Lions.
2009 Home Games
Ravens (11-5), Bengals (4-11-1), Browns (4-12), Chargers (8-8), Raiders (5-11), Vikings (10-6), Packers (6-10), Titans (13-3)
2009 Road Games
Ravens (11-5), Bengals (4-11-1), Browns (4-12), Broncos (8-8), Chiefs (2-14), Bears (9-7), Lions (0-16), Dolphins (11-5)