With the Pittsburgh Steelers on bye this week, fans of the choice to either take a break from NFL football altogether or turn their attention to other games. As many look to see what else is going on around the NFL, there are a few matchups between two teams the Steelers have either faced previously or teams remaining on their schedule.
For Week 7, here are the three games which could give the most perspective on what the Steelers can expect with some of their future opponents:
Sunday at 4:25 PM on FOX
This is by far the biggest game Steeler fans should pay attention to this Sunday. With Pittsburgh falling to Seattle in Week 2, the best case scenario is for all the AFC North teams to fall to the Seahawks as well. So far Seattle is 3–0 against the AFC North with the Ravens being the final matchup for Seattle in 2019.
Obviously, Steelers fans will be cheering hard-core for the Seahawks in this one. Normally I would say playing in Seattle would be an advantage, but with the Seahawks only beating the Bengals and the Rams each by one point and falling at home to the Saints in their only loss of the season, it doesn’t seem to be the same massive advantage it has in the past. But Baltimore has never won in Seattle, so it should make for an interesting game.
Sunday 1:00 PM on CBS
Did you have this game circled on the calendar to watch during the bye? Me neither. The Miami Dolphins are just as bad, if not worse than they were projected before the season began. But the Buffalo Bills have been a pleasant surprise with their only loss coming to the New England Patriots.
I’m not really sure what anyone can take away from this game. If the Dolphins pull off the upset, it might mean a larger task is in store for the Steelers their next game. If the Bills handle Miami, they will still be the best team remaining on the Steelers schedule record-wise.
Monday at 8:15 PM on ESPN
This may be the second of these three games which could very well be a blowout. The Jets only have one win on the season, but it was against the Dallas Cowboys last week. With Sam Darnold returning to the starting lineup after being out with mono, facing the Patriots can show if the Jets are a legitimate contender to make a run throughout the middle of the season. If not, their game against the Cowboys may have showed more about their opponent than it did themselves.
So there are the three main matchups which can give Steeler fans an indication as to the quality of upcoming opponents in 2019. While each week is a different game and upsets due to certain matchups are bound to happen, the greater the body of work each team puts on the field can help to draw better conclusions.
So which of these games will be the most telling as it pertains to the 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers? Make sure you vote in the poll and give your thoughts in the comments below.
Which NFL game do you think gives the most perspective on the 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers?
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Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
New England Patriots at New York Jets