Reports: Steelers to open against Patriots on SNF

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The Patriots don’t get to play the first game of the season, as has become tradition. But they won’t have to wait long for their first prime time appearance.

According to multiple reports, the Patriots will host the Steelers in the NBC’s Sunday Night Football opener on Sept. 8. The full schedule will be announced tonight at 8 p.m.

The league is opening its 100th season with its oldest rivalry — Packers-Bears — in the Thursday debut, so putting the defending champions in the spotlight game of the week makes sense.

It should also provide a compelling look at two of the long-standing powers who have undergone dramatic makeovers this offseason.

Between the Steelers parting ways with both Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell, and the Patriots losing Rob Gronkowski to retirement, both teams have significant work to do to keep their offenses performing at traditional levels.

But they’re also two of the most consistently successful teams in the league, who have stayed that way through many such changes, making it an interesting way to kick off the season for NBC.

24 responses to “Reports: Steelers to open against Patriots on SNF

  1. exinsidetrader says:
    April 17, 2019 at 12:28 pm
    All we can know for certain at this point is that Tomlin will be out-coached.

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    He already said that it’s on him; he needs to do a better job, and promised to get to work moving forward.

  2. Nice of the NFL to start redressing the balance – 7 of Brady’s 11 reg season matchups versus Steelers have somehow been in Pitt, though he’s still 8-3. And 3-0 playoffs despite 2 of those games in Pitt too. Btw, that’s all a better record than Brady has against Jets or Dolphins.

  3. ytownie says:
    April 17, 2019 at 12:35 pm
    Two old quarterbacks throwing five to ten yard slants, hooks, and outs.

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    8 SB wins between them. How many does your team’s QB have?

  4. streetyson says:
    April 17, 2019 at 12:45 pm
    Nice of the NFL to start redressing the balance – 7 of Brady’s 11 reg season matchups versus Steelers have somehow been in Pitt, though he’s still 8-3. And 3-0 playoffs despite 2 of those games in Pitt too. Btw, that’s all a better record than Brady has against Jets or Dolphins.
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    More on this – The Patriots and Steelers have met 32 times in total and 22 of those meetings have been in Pittsburgh.

    However, there is really nothing to say the NFL has anything to do with that anomaly. The scheduling is formulaic and the part that is left to chance is playing teams that finished in the same spot in their division. That rotates and is left to chance by year. The one and every three years the East plays the North is set in stone.

  5. Would not want to face the Steelers week 1. They have a lot to prove and will be ready to do so.

  6. Let the Packers and Bears have Thursday night.

    No one really likes Thursday night football anyway.

  7. That’s a little disappointing. Cleveland is clearly going for it and I thought the perfect challenge for them would have been to open at NE for all of America to witness. The Steelers already opened at NE in 15.

  8. ytownie says:
    April 17, 2019 at 12:35 pm
    Two old quarterbacks throwing five to ten yard slants, hooks, and outs.

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    As true as this is. I don’t know if you have been able to watch Tom Brady since 2001 but he’s literally always taken what the defence has giving him. And, spreads the ball around. From Troy Brown and Deion Branch to Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, it’s been take what the defence gives you, which usually is 5-7 yard bubble from the LOS. And it’s translated into what 9 super bowl appearances winning 6. It’s sucks trust me, but maybe if you wanna win, follow suit to what clearly has worked since 2001.

  9. Well it is a test for both teams for sure……..but I like my Patriots at home on Sundays!

  10. best chance pitt has to win- pats treat the 1st four games like it’s preseason still, esp. the last few years (since practices have been cut back so severly)-

  11. Heh- I thought the schedule cycle had the Pats visiting the Steelers in 2019 and then cycling back to NE after that but I guess not.

    Great choice. Always a fun game no matter what. 🙂

  12. “Two old quarterbacks throwing five to ten yard slants, hooks, and outs.”

    Guess you missed the 20, 30 and 40 yard lasers Brady was throwing in the playoffs and SB to Gronk.

    The clueless whine about short passes. People who understand football know when the receivers downfield are well covered its better to take the short pass then thrown a low percentage long bomb that has a much higher chance of being intercepted.

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