The Pittsburgh Steelers, and every other NFL team, have wrapped up the 2017 regular season, which means the team’s 2018 opponents and locations, are complete.
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. Since we won our division, we’ll play the other two AFC division leaders (now known to be Jacksonville and the Patriots).
With that said, here are the 2018 Steelers’ opponents and location, as we head into the postseason:
New England Patriots
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Steelers’ schedule next year, minus the dates and times, is now 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.
All that is left are dates and times, which won’t be released until the NFL officially releases their complete schedule in the spring.