Though the official NFL 2009 schedule won’t come out until next month, the league has developed of late a habit of announcing in conjunction with the annual meetings the prime-time games to be played during Week One of the season.
This year, the annual meetings will commence on March 22 in Dana Point, California.
So get ready to find out which team the Steelers will host on the Thursday after Labor Day, and the opponents for the Sunday night game and the likely Monday night double-header on ESPN.


  1. I like cards/colts Sunday Night with the Madden Cruiser arriving for some hot enchiladas outside UofP Stadium

  2. Don’t they usually have a “coulda been” game? Expect the Steelers to play the Eagles, and the Cards to play the Ravens this year, although not always the first week.

  3. Looking at Pittsburgh’s home schedule this year, I have a feeling the Thursday opener will be Ravens @ Steelers, but if they’re smart they’ll make it Titans @ Steelers. Don’t rule out Chargers @ Steelers either.
    P.S. – jpnl, the opponents are set — neither of those match-ups are happening this year.

  4. jpnl:
    by the time I post this….boom! roasted
    but let me just say, if you are a betting man, I’ll bet the house that the Steelers will not play the Eagles this year and the Ravens will not play the Cardinals unless its in the SB
    actually forget that, with these odds and money, I’ll take the bet even with Sb possibilities

  5. Umm, the steelers do not play the eagles…and the cardinals do not play the ravens….so no, i will not expect either of those games to happen.
    Vikes @ Steelers (AP in prime time, cant beat it).
    Panthers @ Cards for the Monday nighter.

  6. jpnl, it can’t be either of those scenarios. The AFC North plays the NFC North this year.
    As to the Thursday game, it will be either Tennessee or Baltimore coming to Pittsburgh. Count on it.

  7. Pittsburgh will either play Cassel and the Chiefs or have an AFC Title rematch.
    None of the other AFC West teams are worth it, and outside of maybe the AD and the Vikes, no one in the NFC North is going to bring in as many viewers.

  8. Raiders At Steelers
    Wouldnt be suprised if they give a Monday Night game to open the new Cowboys stadium. in Raiders .vs. Cowboys
    Raiders will begin the season on the road. since they started 2008 at home..
    Road games are.. Steelers / Browns / Cowboys / Giants / Texans /Broncos / Chargers / Chiefs

  9. The NFL is showcasing the 50th anniversary of the AFL. I’m guessing Steelers vs the Titans (in Oilers uniforms). It would be an old divisional matchup too.
    I’m also thinking Jets vs Colts as the first Monday nighter to re-enact Super Bowl 3, the biggest moment in AFL history. For the late Monday nighter they need a west coast game. How about Chiefs vs Broncos, a classic AFL rivalry with new storylines because of Matt Cassell in KC and new coach Josh McInOverHisHead in Denver.

  10. I just want to watch the Squeelers get their asses handed to them this season. For you honest steelers fans, much respect to you, but I still want your team to tank, and I think they will. For you front runners type fans that go out and buy all the neat gear, while not knowing the names of but two or three of the players, find another ship to climb up the ropes and scamper on board. The USS Squeeler is going to dry dock.

  11. Will U2 be playing at halftime?
    And SATAN, keep waiting on the Madden Cruiser, he retired.

  12. insanity20mike – Sounds like a great idea. If it were 1975. No way in hell they feature the Raiders as a week one prime time matchup. Not unless its the “also ran” second Monday night game.

  13. Vikings-Steelers…..35th anniversary of Super Bowl IX. Joe Greene, Jack Lambert and Mel Blount re-enact chasing down Fran Tarkenton for first Steelers points in their SB history….a safety. Bud Grant and Chuck Noll have a charisma contest…ends 0-0.

  14. Ravens @ Steelers – Thursday
    Dolphins @ Patriots – Sunday
    Chargers @ Cowboys – Monday
    Colts @ Cardinals – Monday

  15. insanity20mike, Since when did openning week 1 at home the previous year mean that the same team would open on the road the next year?

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