2012 NFL Schedule: Steelers Schedule and Opponent Breakdown

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2012 NFL Schedule: Steelers Schedule and Opponent Breakdown
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With the final NFL schedules released, the Pittsburgh Steelers now know the challenge that they will face this season.

The Steelers will face the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins all at home, while the road games will be played against the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. As always, Pittsburgh will face the AFC North teams twice during the season, once on the road and once at Heinz Field.

So for those keeping score, the divisions the Steelers will play against are the AFC West, NFC East, and, of course, the AFC North. Not exactly the most daunting schedule. In fact, the Steelers have a schedule that ranks in the middle of the pack in difficulty. According to an article by John Clayton, the Steelers' strength of schedule has gotten a little tougher from last season, sitting now at .500.

It has been known for quite a while what teams the Steelers would play this season, but not the exact order and dates of these games. Those questions have finally been answered.

With those answers now official, it’s time to look at each of the teams the Steelers will play, as well as any potential problems the schedule has created.

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