With the Pittsburgh Steelers continuing their season on Sunday, there will still be a multitude of games going on at the same time. When the smoke clears and Steelers Nation looks to see what else has gone on around the NFL in Week 5, there are a few matchups between two teams the Steelers will face later in the season or their next opponent. First off, lets check out how the three games from last week ended up. This week, two of the three games were won by multiple scores.
Detroit Lions (14) at Chicago Bears (24)
After their disappointing last-second loss the previous week, the Detroit Lions did not put up much of a fight against the Chicago Bears. With the score being 21–0 in the third quarter before the Lions even got on the scoreboard, this game wasn’t much of anything to watch.
Cleveland Browns (14) at Minnesota Vikings (7)
Despite being only a one-score game, it didn’t appear to be the most exciting contest to watch. Either both offenses are struggling, or both defenses are doing quite well. Most likely, it’s a combination of both.
Baltimore Ravens (23) at Denver Broncos (7)
I thought the Broncos might put up more of a fight at home against the Ravens, but losing their quarterback for the second half did not help things. The Ravens already had enough points by halftime to win the game but still made sure they ran one last play at the end to keep their rushing streak alive.
For Week 5, here are the three games which could give the most perspective on what the Steelers can expect with some of their future opponents:
Thursday at 8:20 PM on FOX, NFLN
Even though the Steelers don’t play the Rams in 2021, the fact that their next opponent on the schedule is the Seattle Seahawks put this game into contention. With Seattle sitting at .500, it will be interesting to see how they match up against the Rams before traveling to Pittsburgh.
Sunday at 4:05 PM on CBS
With the Steelers bye week just around the corner, they will come off of their hiatus playing the Browns followed by the Chargers three weeks later. With both teams coming in at 3–1, one of them will be sitting pretty high in the AFC standings after Sunday. If anything, it might show which team will be the toughest matchup.
Sunday at 8:20 PM on NBC
Even though there were other options of two teams the Steelers have yet to face, this is just too big of a matchup on the NFL schedule. The Bills only have one loss on the season and it was to the Steelers in Week 1. With Kansas City assumed to be the best team the Steelers face this season based off their 2020 record, seeing how this game plays out may tell the Steelers a lot even if they’re matchup with the Chiefs isn’t until December.
So there are the three main matchups which can give Steelers fans an indication as to the quality of upcoming opponents in 2021. As team get more games under their belt, it’s a little easier to establish expectations.
Obviously the Steelers game itself will tell fans the most about the season. But which of these other games will be the most telling as it pertains to the 2021 Pittsburgh Steelers? Make sure you vote in the poll and give your thoughts in the comments below.
Which NFL game do you think will tell the 2021 Pittsburgh Steelers the most about their upcoming season?
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Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs