While all NFL teams play 16 regular-season games, not each matchup is equally important.
Of course, division matchups and rivalries draw most of the attention, but they aren’t the only factors that add importance to a game. The timing of a matchup, recent history between opponents and caliber of opponent all play a part.
And thus, each of those aforementioned factors was considered in comprising this list. Some games qualified because Pittsburgh has had a rough go of it with those teams in recent seasons; others qualified because the Steelers haven’t seen them at all.
Each of the following games carries added importance for one reason or another. Read on to find out what they are.