2 things to love, 2 things to hate about Steelers 2023 schedule

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The Pittsburgh Steelers just released their full official 2023 schedule. Upon release, their social team also posted a clever, old-timey video about the schedule release, featuring tight end Zach Gentry. We already knew the teams Pittsburgh was going to face this year, now we know the day and time of nearly every game.

The Steelers will open the season at home for the first time in eight years. This is a sigh of relief and fans have the right to question what took schedule-makers so long to make this happen. Because of the odd number of games on the schedule in the 17-game format, Pittsburgh will also get an extra home game this year with 9 coming at home and 8 contests on the road.

The NFL schedule release certainly came with a mixed bag of opinions. Here are two things I love and two things I hate about the Pittsburgh Steelers schedule in 2023:

What I love: Steelers get a Week 1 home game

This will be the first time since 2014 that the Pittsburgh Steelers have had a home game to open the season. Their previous victory came in a 30-27 win at Heinz Field against the Cleveland Browns back when the Steelers had a prime Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown.

Surprisingly, they have fared very well on the road during this long gap without a home opener -- going 5-2-1 with three straight season-opening wins. Last year, however, it required four interceptions and a blocked field goal in overtime against the Bengals to get the job done.

Pittsburgh will host the San Francisco 49ers at Acrisure Stadium on September 10th for what is sure to be a sellout crowd. Fans have been asking for the home opener for a long time now, and we finally got it.