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Matthew Bonesteel

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Houston at Pittsburgh, Week One

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At fellow Gameday blogger David Larimer's bachelor party last weekend, someone was perusing the NFL schedules (yes, it was quite the bacchanal) and pointed out that the Steelers' home schedule is quite bizarre. Looking up from the couch, where I was reading Chaucer and sipping camomile, I had to agree.
After today, Pittsburgh doesn't have a 1 p.m. home game until Week 17. In between, the Steelers play home games on a Monday night, on Sunday at 4:15 (four times) and on a Thursday night. Also, Pittsburgh won't play its fourth home game until Week 10.
In fact, the Steelers, who last I checked play in the Eastern Time Zone, have only five 1 p.m. games all season.
I'm not even going to go into the fact that exactly half of Pittsburgh's schedule is made up of playoff teams from last season.
The Texans are not one of those teams, though their 8-8 record in 2007 was the best in franchise history, and the Matt Schaub-Andre Johnson combination could become one of the league's best, if both can remain healthy. Rookie running back Steve Slaton could see a lot of carries in the Texans' injured/inexperienced backfield.

By Matthew Bonesteel  |  September 5, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  | Category:  Week 1 Previews Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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perhaps the Post should pay me to get up at noon, drink all day, and look for odd tidbits to be used in the Sports section. that way, everybody wins!

Posted by: jamie | September 6, 2008 5:31 PM

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