The Pittsburgh Steelers have released their schedule for the 2018 preseason and it looks like an exciting schedule. There are some things to look forward to this offseason.
August 9-12: @ Philadelphia Eagles
The Steelers open up the preseason against the defending Super Bowl Champions. The Eagles are one of the favorites in the NFC and their interstate rivals. This game will give the Steelers a good sign of where they are coming into the 2018 season. The Eagles will not feature their up and coming star quarterback though as Carson Wentz will be out with an injured ACL and LCL.
August 16-19: @ Green Bay Packers
The Second Week of the preseason will feature the starters playing more into the game and that gives us hope for the first-half matchup between two Franchise quarterbacks in Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers. These two franchises are among the most successful in NFL history. They are also both Super Bowl contenders and this will be a rematch of the last time the two played in a Super Bowl.
Saturday, August 25th, 2018: vs.Tennessee Titans
This game is among the most exciting in the preseason as this is called the “tune-up” game. That means both teams will be sporting their first teams for the most playing time before week one of the regular season.
This game will be the best indicator of where the team is heading into the season. The Steelers will also get a mirror of themselves as Mike Mularkey, Ken Whisenhunt and former defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau have their fingers on the personnel choices still in Tennessee even though none are current coaches.
Thursday, August 30, 2018: vs. Carolina Panthers
This is becoming a tradition in Pittsburgh that the Panthers play the Steelers in the final preseason game of the year. Mike Tomlin has commented in the past that Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is a similar coach in that they are both football fundamentalists.
This game is always fun to watch as it is usually the last and best chance for bubble players to make the case for them being kept on the roster. At the same time, young players will be competing for spots on the practice squad.