Two trips to AFC West opponents in the first three weeks of the season is no easy task, and while the Steelers should handle business against the Oakland Raiders, it could be an early-season stumble.
Pittsburgh is a better team than the Raiders, and they could come out and dominate Oakland as they did in 2010 with a 35-3 victory.
Things do not always happen as expected, however.
In 2009, the Steelers lost their fourth straight game against the Raiders when Bruce Gradkowski completed his third fourth quarter touchdown with only nine seconds left to give Oakland, one of the worst teams in the league, the win.
Both teams have changed for the better since then, most notably with the Raiders adding Carson Palmer at quarterback.
Palmer is very familiar with the Steelers—as they are with him—and will present quite a challenge with the weapons he has in place.
The biggest concern for the Steelers is experiencing fatigue after traveling across the United States. On the plus side, they follow up the Raiders game with a bye, so there will be plenty of time to rest after the third week of the season.