PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The NFL has released their 2016 regular season schedule, and the Pittsburgh Steelers will be kicking off the season on the road against the Washington Redskins, and playing on all three winter holidays.
The game against the Redskins will be played on Monday, Sept. 12 at 7:10 p.m.
This year’s Steelers’ schedule includes match-ups with NFC East and AFC East teams this season.
As for those holiday games, the Steelers will head to Indianapolis for a game against the Colts on Thanksgiving Day. It will be the Steelers’ eighth Thanksgiving Day game in team history.
They’ll also play on Christmas Day when the Baltimore Ravens come to town. It will be the first Christmas Day game in Steelers’ franchise history. One week later, on New Year’s Day, the Steelers will finish up the regular season at home against the Cleveland Browns.
While some fans of thrilled at the idea of watching the Steelers on holidays, some think it’s a bad move.
“First of all, I feel bad for those players. I feel bad for the players. Second of all, who is going to go? I mean, those are family days,” said Debbie Hermann.
In Week 3, the Steelers will engage in a cross state battle with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The teams coming to Heinz Field this year include, as always, AFC North division rivals – the Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and Browns, as well as the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, New York Jets, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.
The Steelers hit the road this year to face the Ravens, Bengals and Browns, and outside of the AFC North, they’ll play the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Eagles, Washington Redskins and Colts.
Their bye week will fall on Week 8.
FULL REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:
Week 1: Monday, Sept. 12 at Washington Redskins at 7:10 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 18 Cincinnati Bengals at 1 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 25 at Philadelphia Eagles at 4:25 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 2 Kansas City Chiefs at 8:30 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 9 New York Jets at 1 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 16 at Miami Dolphins at 1 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 23 New England Patriots at 4:25 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 8: BYE WEEK
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 6 at Baltimore Ravens at 1 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 13 Dallas Cowboys at 4:25 p.m.
Week 11: Sunday Nov. 20 at Cleveland Browns at 1 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 24 at Indianapolis Colts at 8:30 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 4 New York Giants at 4:25 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 11 at Buffalo Bills at 1 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 18 at Cincinnati Bengals at 8:30 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 25 Baltimore Ravens at 4:30 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 1 Cleveland Browns at 1 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Some people have expressed concern over some games being scheduled around dinner time.
“My husband and my son are big fans. Even my husband said he is not going to go see the game. He is going to have dinner at home,” said Dorothy Jannelli.
The Steelers say flexible scheduling will be used in Weeks 10 to 15 and 17. Also, in Weeks 5 to 9, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks.