The Pittsburgh Steelers have what seems to be a very manageable schedule this year. However, here are three surprise games they could end up losing.
The Steelers released their 2020 schedule on Thursday night and there are a lot of things we need to take into consideration. For starters, the first five games of the season are against uncommon opponents with two NFC East games early in the season.
The back half of the schedule gets a bit easier as they have the Cincinnati Bengals twice as well as the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Washington Redskins from Week 10 on.
I recently wrote an article on the five most difficult games the Steelers could play in 2020. Among them were the Philadelphia Eagles at home, the Buffalo Bills on the road late in the season, the Cowboys in Dallas after the bye, and both matchup against the Baltimore Ravens this year.
Even with the return of Ben Roethlisberger and Stephon Tuitt from injuries this year, it’s not hard to envision losses to the difficult teams on their schedule. However, the Steelers are no strangers to dropping games to inferior opponents as well.
Last year, Pittsburgh dropped the ball in a critical game against the New York Jets in Week 16. In 2018, Pittsburgh fell to the Oakland Raiders in Week 14, and in 2017 they lost in overtime to the 5-11 Chicago Bears.
The common denominator in each of these embarrassing losses is that they came on the road. Here are three games the Steelers could lose in 2020 that you may not see coming: