The Pittsburgh Steelers have two regular season games remaining before the 2017 playoffs begin. While it might be hard to believe, the team’s 2018 opponents and locations, are starting to come into focus.
For those who don’t know, there’s a system determining every NFL team’s opponents. Here’s how the league puts together the 16-game schedule:
- 6 games against divisional opponents, 3 home and 3 away
- Paired up with another AFC and NFC division (8 games)
- Play the two other divisional counterparts of the two conference divisions not paired up in the previous bullet.
So, in 2018, the Steelers will play all AFC North opponents twice, as always, but they’ll be paired up with the AFC West and the NFC South. The other two opponents will be up in the air until those divisional titles have been wrapped up.
With that said, here are the 2018 Steelers’ opponents and location, as we head into Week 16:
New England Patriots
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
Jacksonville Jaguars *
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
*assuming the Jaguars hold on to win the AFC South
Other than the Jaguars, and how they finish the 2017 regular season, the Steelers’ schedule next year, minus the dates and times, is all but set. Of the games of note at home, outside the AFC North, is another rematch with the Patriots, and the now-yearly throw-down with the Chiefs.
When it comes to their road games, the Steelers will travel to play the Raiders, an excursion which never goes well, as well as a trip to Mile High.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this story, as it might be finalized by the end of Week 16 depending on how the Jaguars and Tennessee Titans finish.