A little bit of deja vu perhaps?
The Pittsburgh Steelers have just announced the opponents and dates for their 2014 preseason schedule, and there are a couple of very familiar opponents. Which leads me to believe that the NFL really needs to work on their preseason scheduling or at least shorten it by two games if they can’t keep in interesting.
Opening up with game one away, the Steelers will take on the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. This will be the second consecutive time the two teams met in the preseason, with the Giants winning last year’s preseason opener, 18-13, at Heinz Field. This will be the first preseason meeting between these two teams in New York since a 24-17 Pittsburgh victory in 2010.
In week 2 the Steelers will host the Buffalo Bills, a team they haven’t hosted in the preseason since 2009 when the Steelers won 17-0. But last faced Buffalo in the preseason in 2012 at Ralph Wilson Stadium, a 38-7 Pittsburgh victory.
Then it’s off to the neighbors across state for week 3 where the Steelers will take on the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, totaling the ninth(9th) time these two teams have met since 2003.
And last but not least, the Steelers will close out the preseason at Heinz Field in week 4 against the Carolina Panthers. Marking the 12th consecutive year they will conclude the preseason versus that team.
Now I am not much of a scheduling genius, but I am pretty sure that I could schedule a much more interesting preseason. As if the NFL isn’t getting ran through the mud enough, they are literally taking the "spark" out of an already seemingly useless four game stint. But like everyone else, I will be glued in front of the television because it is still the NFL, and that is what us as fans will always do. Just mix it up a bit.