What to expect when the 2018 NFL season kicks off in Pittsburgh
The 2018 NFL preseason is only two weeks away and the Pittsburgh Steelers are in the midst of the second half of their preseason schedule.
Here are some things to keep an eye on for the Steelers during this busy stretch.
First, the Steelers have a big challenge ahead of them: they’ll be playing a tough schedule, with three games against divisional rivals and four games against teams in the AFC South.
It’ll be a tough stretch to say goodbye to the NFC North, but the Steelers are set to get a few more opportunities to take on those teams this preseason.
In their last eight games against the AFC East, the team has only lost to New England, Cincinnati and the Jets.
In those eight games, the Pittsburgh defense has allowed just one rushing touchdown and has surrendered just three rushing scores.
The team is also set to face two NFC East opponents during the preseason: the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.
The Steelers have already been eliminated from playoff contention in each of the last two seasons and this preseason could be a chance to get some revenge on those games.
The Steelers will also face off against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 12 at Soldier Field.
The preseason opener is set to be played in Soldier Field, but there will be some changes to the schedule to accommodate the game.
The first game of the preseason will be against the Green Bay Packers, but that will be a new location for the game as the Bears have moved from Lambeau Field in Chicago to Soldier Field in Green Bay.
The final preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks will be played at the University of Chicago.
This will be the first preseason game in Chicago and will be an important test for the Packers, who have been struggling to win at Soldier.
In terms of the NFC South, the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons are the two NFC South teams currently ranked in the top 10.
The Carolina Panthers are set for a difficult schedule, and the Falcons will be playing at home.
The Carolina Panthers’ offense has struggled to find consistency throughout the preseason and they will need to find answers to that in 2018.
The Falcons are expected to be a better team than they were in 2018 and will get a chance at winning a playoff spot.
They’ll also need to get better defensively, which is something that was lacking in 2018, which has been the case so far this season.
There will be plenty of opportunities for the Falcons to bounce back this season after they fell to the Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans in the playoffs.
The Falcons had their best preseason performance in 2017 and look to rebound this year, which will be critical for the team to make a deep playoff run.
The Atlanta Falcons will host the Miami Dolphin on Aug. 9 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The first preseason matchup will be at the Mercedes, which means the game will be broadcast on ESPN.
The game will air on ESPNU and on the Falcons’ official website.
The Panthers have been inconsistent in their first preseason games this year and this could be the opportunity to get things back on track.
The team’s offense has been inconsistent throughout the season and the defense has been shaky as well.
The Panthers will need a strong performance in this game to make the playoffs, but it will be very difficult to get any sort of result.
The Seattle Seahawks are expected for a strong preseason performance.
The Seahawks have had a rough start to the season, but have won seven of their last nine games.
The defense is also in a rebuilding phase and is set for the second straight year to lose a game to the Panthers.
The matchup will likely be a test for quarterback Russell Wilson and his offensive line.
The Philadelphia Eagles will be looking to get back to the playoffs after their disastrous 2017 season.
The Eagles lost to the Green Bets in the 2017 season opener, which was a huge blow to the team.
The win over the Green Berets will be crucial for the Eagles in their quest to make it back to a playoff round.
The last preseason game of 2018 will be between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.
The Titans have been one of the NFL’s worst teams during the regular season and their lack of success in 2018 will test the Jaguars’ young defense and offense.
The Jaguars’ offense was already struggling in the preseason this year but this game will likely give them a chance of getting back on the winning track.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will be facing the Tennessee Titans in their final preseason contest against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Jaguars are in a new stadium and will need an easy victory to make their first playoff appearance since 2015.
The Arizona Cardinals are expected be a dominant offense this year.
The Cardinals are in need of some help from their defense and quarterback Carson Palmer, but they will have plenty of chances to do that in this matchup.
The Tennessee Titans will be on the road to face the Houston Texans.
The Texans are set at home for the first time in their history and will play at FedEx Field