The Pittsburgh Steelers will play their first game at Heinz Field of 2020 in Week 2. Since the facility opened in 2001, the Steelers home opener has landed on Week 2 nine times. Sunday will mark six consecutive times that the Steelers home opener lands on the second week of the season.
In these games the Steelers hold a 6-3 record, and only one of these games didn't feature Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. While the Steelers are on a two game losing skid in this scenario, they historically defeat their opponents by a wide margin. In each of its six wins the Steelers have covered the spread, that will be tested against the Bronocos with the betting odds set at the Steelers -7.5 points.
Here’s the list of the Steelers Week 2 home openers at Heinz Field:
September 15 2002 Oakland Raiders L 30–17
Raiders quarterback, Rich Gannon threw 63 passes for 403 yards in the Raiders victory. Joey Porter had 2 two interceptions and three sacks for the Steelers.
September 16 2007 Buffalo Bills W 26–3
Jeff Reed kicked four field goals and two extra points in the victory. Ben Roethlisberger out dueled fellow 2004 first round quarterback J.P. Losman in the game.
September 18 2011 Seattle Seahawks W 24–0
The Steelers defense recorded 5 sacks of Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in the shut out victory.
September 16 2012 New York Jets W 27–10
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was just 10-27 on the day while Ben Roethlisberger completed 24 passes on 31 attempts in the victory.
September 20 2015 San Francisco 49ers W 43–18
The Steelers dominated the game in all three phases. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 369 yards with a 155.9 QBR, the defense racked up five sacks, and Josh Scobee hit three of four extra points.
September 18 2016 Cincinnati Bengals W 24–16
Bengals quarterback threw 54 passes and 366 yards, but Ben Roethlisberger’s three touchdown day led the Steelers to victory.
September 17 2017 Minnesota Vikings W 26–9
Chris Boswell went 4/4 on fields goals and 2/2 on extra points fueling the Steelers past the Minnesota Vikings.
September 16 2018 Kansas City Chiefs L 37–42
Patrick Mahomes blasted the Steelers defense with 6 touchdown passes and only 5 incompletions. Ben Roethlisberger tried to make a game of it with 452 yards and 3 touchdowns of his own.
September 15 2019 Seattle Seahawks L 26–28
Ben Roethlisberger would tear three ligaments in his elbow missing the remainder of the 2020 season in this game. Stephon Tuitt would pick up 2.5 sacks but Russell Wilson proved to be too much for the Roethlisberger-less Steelers.
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