Pittsburgh Steelers Hidden Bonus Bye Weeks

Phillip BuntingContributor ISeptember 6, 2009

WASHINGTON  - MAY 21:  U.S. President Barack Obama (L) holds up a jersey as Pittsburgh Steelers as President Art Rooney II (3rd R), looks on at the South Portico of White House May 21, 2009 in Washington, DC. The Steelers deafeated the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.   (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)

2009 Pittsburgh Steelers Schedule


Thursday, Sept. 10 vs. Titans 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Sept 20 @ Bears 4:15 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Sept. 27 @ Bengals 4:15 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Oct. 4 vs. Chargers 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Oct. 11 @ Lions 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Oct. 18 vs. Browns 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Oct. 25 vs. Vikings 1 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Nov. 1 BYE
Monday, Nov. 9 @ Broncos 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, Nov. 15 vs. Bengals 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Nov. 22 @ Chiefs * 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Nov. 29 @ Ravens * 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Dec. 6 vs. Raiders * 1 p.m. (CBS)
Thursday, Dec. 10 @ Browns 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
Sunday, Dec. 20 vs. Packers * 1 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Dec. 27 vs. Ravens * 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Jan. 3 @ Dolphins * 1 p.m. (CBS)

* Times and TV network may change due to flexible scheduling

** All times Eastern


I was looking at the schedule and I saw something hidden that will be of great use for the Steelers.  There are in essence two extra hidden bye weeks with inthe schedule.  If you look close and hard enough you will find these hidden Bye Weeks after the two Thursday night games.

One of the hidden bye weeks are right after the Steelers play the Tennessee Titans Thursday, Sept. 10 .  The second hidden bye week is after the Steelers play the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Dec. 10 .

I think these two hdden bye weeks along with the regularly scheduled Bye Week Sunday, Nov. 1 will most definitely help the Steelers out when it comes to the injury department.  So, there is room for injury after all, though we would love it if injuries were kept to a minimum.

When you throw together the hidden Bye Weeks, the ease of schedule, the return of 19 out of 22 starters, and the return of Daniel Sepulveda and possible addition of Stephan Logan,  the Steelers have a great opportunity to make it to Super Bowl XLIV.

Tell me what you think of my assessment.