The 2022 National Football League Schedule will be announced this week on May 12th. As is often the case, there will be leaks of big matchups and primetime games I’m sure. With Ben Roethlisberger now in retirement, will the Pittsburgh Steelers see a reduction in Monday Night or Sunday Night games? Will they be playing on Christmas or Thanksgiving or both as they did a few years ago?
Each year I take a swing at predicting the schedule and I add a few nuggets of information with game as well. Without further ado here is my 2022 schedule prediction.
Week 1: @Cincinnati
The Steelers head to Heinz Field West to take on the new “Kings of the North” to open the season against the Joe Burrow and company. The two division rivals have never met in a season-opener.
Week 2: New Orleans
Pittsburgh is 7-9 all-time against the Saints and is just 3-3 in the Steel City. Last time the Saints came to town Drew Brees threw five TD passes as the Steelers’ late rally fell short 35-32.
Week 3: @Miami (MNF)
Since 1989, the Steelers have played in South Florida nine times and have won six. The two teams played the most recent 3-0 game in NFL history back in 2007.
Week 4: Las Vegas
The Steelers have lost four out of their last five games against the Raiders and six of their last eight overall. Last season, the Raiders came into Heinz Field and beat the Steelers 26-17 behind Derek Carr’s 382 yards and two scores.
Week 5: @Baltimore (SNF)
The Steelers and Ravens seem to trade off who gets the primetime game at home and who doesn’t. This time around the Steelers will be the visitor at M&T Bank Stadium for Sunday Night Football. The Steelers enter this one having won four straight games against Baltimore.
Week 6: @Philadelphia
The Steelers have not won in Philly since 1965. That means they’ve lost nine straight time to the Eagles there. Is this finally the year they get a ‘W?’
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: Tampa Bay
Tom Brady comes to Heinz Field for maybe the last time? At this rate he might be playing when Pittsburgh builds a new stadium so who knows?
Week 9: Cleveland
It’s no surprise the Steelers have their first meeting with the Browns the week Deshaun Watson is coming off his “likely” 8-game suspension.
Week 10: @Atlanta
These two have played each other just 17 times but in recent history there have been some classic games. Three straight times from 2002 to 2010 the teams played in overtime with each winning at home and tying at 35 in a classic at Heinz Field.
Week 11: Cincinnati (MNF)
These two teams have had some classic Monday Night games in their history and as the season starts to head to the finish another one could be in the offering at Heinz Field.
Week 12: @Carolina
The Steelers avoid Thanksgiving and instead get a trip to North Carolina. In seven regular season meetings, the Steelers are 6-1 and have outscored the Panthers 227-98.
Week 13: New England
The Patriots have beaten the Steelers in six of their last seven contests. Pittsburgh hasn’t beaten New England two games in a row since the 1995 and 1996 seasons.
Week 14: @Indianapolis
Pittsburgh has beaten the Colts in seven straight games and has a 26-6 overall advantage in their historical series. They haven’t played in Indy since 2017.
Week 15: @Buffalo (TNF)
Buffalo will be a big ratings monster this season and with the Steelers coming in for a mid-December matchup the Thursday Night crowd gets a huge night. Throw in some snow and wind and you’ve got one hell of an atmosphere.
Week 16: Baltimore (Christmas)
The Steelers avoided Thanksgiving but they’ll get no such luck here as the NFL loves this matchup as one of three to be played on Sunday December 25th.
Week 17: NY Jets
The Steelers lead this one 20-6 and are an amazing 10-1 at home against the Jets. Their only loss to ‘Gang Green’ came in the 2010 season in which the Jets broke a 17-all tie in the fourth quarter by scoring the game’s final five (that’s right FIVE), points.
Week 18: @Cleveland
The Steelers haven’t closed the season with an opponent other than Cleveland since 2019 so I figure why change now? Look for freezing cold temps and wind off the Lake as the two teams close out the 2022 season in 2023.