Sure sounds like Steelers at Patriots in Thursday night regular-season opener. Full NFL schedule release tonight at 8 on ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 21, 2015
Well, the NFL is waiting until 8 p.m. EST Tuesday to reveal the official NFL schedule, but a few games have already been leaked. One of those is the game which launches the 2015 season on Thursday September 10th. Which team was the lucky recipient of a trip to Foxborough to play the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots?
The Pittsburgh Steelers.
Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, as well as other media outlets, the NFL has decided to move forward with the Steelers and Patriots to get the 2015 season underway. Both teams will bring potent offensive attacks to the table, but both teams will be without their top running back as both LeGarrette Blount and Le'Veon Bell will be suspended for the contest due to violating the league's NFL substance abuse policy.
The Steelers signed DeAngelo Williams in the offseason to cushion the blow of Bell's 3-game suspension, and he will have to acclimate himself to the team quickly if the Steelers want to leave New England with a victory in Week 1 of the NFL season.
If going on the road to play the defending Super Bowl champs doesn't leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling deep down inside. I'm sure the following stat will:
Defending champs opening the NFL season at home on a Thursday night are 9-0 in that game, by an average margin of 11 points.— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) April 21, 2015
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