With so many great contests ahead, most of you surely have at least one game you would have preferred to have seen on the list.
Only one thing is truly certain: Every NFL season is filled with a slew of surprises. To demonstrate, how many would have put last year's game in San Francisco on their list prior to the start of the season?
As such, any game has the potential to be a key contest featuring the most intriguing of opponents. The previous ranking is based on the hype and hysteria of the here and now. One thing we can all count on is change.
Beyond the teams already listed, the Steelers rivalry with the Cincinnati Bengals will be rekindled, a truism of every NFL season. The Bengals are a young team on the rise, but will they be able to repeat as playoff qualifiers?
As mentioned, the New York Jets—complete with their bombastic head coach and maligned quarterback situation—make the trip to the Steel City in Week 2. What new headlines will Gang Green have purposely presented by then? And, just how many snaps will the Steelers defense take against Tim Tebow?
Ending a trio of scintillating matches to start the season, a trip to the "Black Hole" of Oakland should reunite the Steelers against quarterback Carson Palmer. Will there be obvious progress to report for the Silver and Black, post-Al Davis?
While they've underachieved in so many seasons, few will contest the talent featured on the San Diego Chargers roster. Ben Roethlisberger will duel once again with draft peer Philip Rivers.
Todd Haley gets to show off his new offense against his old team, the Kansas City Chiefs, in prime time. Another night cap sees the Steelers headed to the Music City to face Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans.
Lastly, no matter their recent struggles or the tilted results of a lopsided series, battles against the Cleveland Browns are always a matter of pride. The Steelers need to pay particular attention to their November 25th match with Cleveland. After all, it is sandwiched between two games against the Ravens.
Has there ever been a better trap game setup?
Get ready for a season chock-full of great NFL action, Steelers fans.
The 2012 Steelers season will hopefully see a return to glory for the NFL's leader in Super Bowl victories.
Can you say, "Seven Heaven?"