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Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 Schedule: NFL releases this year's official slate of games

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The Pittsburgh Steelers don't have as tough a schedule in 2016 as they did in 2015, but as the NFL schedule has been released, there will be challenges along the way.

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The time has finally come when the NFL released the 2016 schedule for all 32 teams. The opponents have been known since the final game was complete in Week 17 of 2015, but how the games fall on the schedule is more than just noteworthy.

It was in 2015, when the Pittsburgh Steelers were awarded the NFL's toughest schedule when they saw a post-bye week stretch which resembled murderer's row. Before fans get out on the ledge when looking at this year's schedule, remember how that murderer's row panned out. Andrew Luck was hurt, Peyton Manning didn't play, and AJ McCarron filled in for Andy Dalton in the last quarter of the season.

So, without further ado, time to over-analyze the 2016 Steelers schedule.

Week 1
Mon., Sept. 12
at Washington Redskins 7:10 p.m. (ESPN/WTAE-TV)
Week 2
Sun., Sept. 18
vs. Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 3
Sun., Sept. 25
at Philadelphia Eagles 4:25 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 4
Sun., Oct. 2
vs. Kansas City Chiefs 8:30 p.m. (NBC/WPXI-TV)
Week 5
Sun., Oct. 9
vs. New York Jets* 1:00 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 6
Sun., Oct. 16
at Miami Dolphins* 1:00 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 7
Sun., Oct. 23
vs. New England Patriots* 4:25 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 8
BYE WEEK
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Week 9
Sun., Nov. 6
at Baltimore Ravens* 1:00 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 10
Sun., Nov. 13
vs. Dallas Cowboys* 4:25 p.m. (FOX/WPGH-TV)
Week 11
Sun., Nov. 20
at Cleveland Browns* 1:00 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 12
Thurs., Nov. 24
at Indianapolis Colts 8:30 p.m. (NBC/WPXI-TV)
Week 13
Sun., Dec. 4
vs. New York Giants* 4:25 p.m. (FOX/WPGH-TV)
Week 14
Sun., Dec. 11
at Buffalo Bills* 1:00 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 15
Thurs., Dec. 18
at Cincinnati Bengals* 8:30 p.m. (NBC/WPXI-TV)
Week 16
Sun., Dec. 25
vs. Baltimore Ravens 4:30 p.m. (NFLN)
Week 17
Sun., Jan. 1
vs. Cleveland Browns* 1:00 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)

The Steelers open the season with a Monday Night Football Prime Time game against the Washington Redskins. In Week 2, the Steelers take on the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field. It is important to note that the Bengals will still be without Vontaze Burfict, The Steelers won't see the Bengals again in Week 15, a Thursday Night prime time game.

The Steelers finish their season with two home games, one against the Ravens in Week 16 and another against the Browns in Week 17. The Ravens game happens to be Christmas day, while the Browns game is on New Year's Day. The Steelers are also playing on Thanksgiving this year, traveling to Indianapolis to take on the Colts.