2022 Pittsburgh Steelers Schedule: Dates, Times, & Analysis
For the first time in 18 years, the Pittsburgh Steelers enter an NFL campaign without franchise legend Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, who announced his retirement back in January. Steelers’ brass was quick to address the position, selecting Pitt QB Kenny Pickett in the first round of April’s draft to compete with free-agent signee Mitch Trubisky. Regardless of who starts Week 1, Pittsburgh’s offense should continue to flow through sophomore running back Najee Harris. Harris is coming off an impressive 1,667 total yards, ten touchdown rookie campaign while leading all players in touches (381).
While the offense will be a work in progress, Pittsburgh’s defense, anchored by T.J. Watt, Cameron Heyward, and Minkah Fitzpatrick, should be able to keep the team in most games.
Currently listed at +850 odds to win the AFC North (courtesy of BetMGM), let’s dive into the Steelers’ 2022 regular-season schedule.
Week 1 – @ Cincinnati Bengals (Sept 11, 1:00 p.m. ET)
The Steelers were swept by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2021 and have lost three straight to their division rival. Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon rushed for a combined 255 yards and two touchdowns in the Bengals’ two victories last season.
Week 2 – vs. New England Patriots (Sept. 18, 1:00 p.m. ET)
This game will be Pittsburgh’s first against the New England Patriots since 2008, where they will not have to deal with Tom Brady. Rather, T.J. Watt and company will get after sophomore QB Mac Jones, who led New England to a 2021 playoff berth in what was a promising rookie campaign.
Week 3 – @ Cleveland Browns (Sept. 22, 8:15 p.m.)
It’s a short week for the Steelers as they battle their divisional foe on Thursday Night Football. Pittsburgh swept the Cleveland Browns last season, who may or may not have Deshaun Watson under center.
Week 4 – vs. New York Jets (Oct. 2, 1:00 p.m. ET)
This game will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2019. The New York Jets had one of the league’s best draft hauls in wide receiver Garrett Wilson, running back Breece Hall, defensive end Jermaine Johnson II, and cornerback Ahmad Gardner. All four are expected to start Week 1.
Week 5 – @ Buffalo Bills (Oct. 9, 1:00 p.m. ET)
Pittsburgh upset the Buffalo Bills 23-16 in Week 1 last season. It will take another Herculean effort to beat one of the NFL’s elite squads and bonafide Super Bowl contenders.
Week 6 – vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Oct. 16, 1.00 p.m. ET)
Things do not get easier for the Steelers in Week 6 as they battle another Super Bowl contender with Tom Brady and the Bucs. Brady is 12-3 in his career against Pittsburgh (including the postseason) but has yet to face the Black and Gold in a Tampa Bay uniform.
Week 7 – @ Miami Dolphins (Oct. 23, 8:20 p.m. ET)
The second of Pittsburgh’s four primetime games comes on the road against Tyreek Hill and the new-look Miami Dolphins. This matchup is also a revenge game for Steelers’ defensive assistant Brian Flores, who the Dolphins fired at the end of last season.
Week 8 – @ Philadelphia Eagles (Oct. 30, 1:00 p.m. ET)
The Steelers are 0-2 against the Philadelphia Eagles under head coach Mike Tomlin and have not won in Philadelphia since 1965 (!).
Week 9 – Bye Week
Week 10 – vs. New Orleans Saints (Nov. 13, 1.00 p.m. ET)
Under Tomlin, Pittsburgh is a mighty impressive 11-4 coming off a bye. The Steelers have not faced the New Orleans Saints since 2018.
Week 11 – vs. Cincinnati Bengals (Nov. 20, 8:20 p.m. ET)
It’s another primetime divisional clash for the Steelers as they battle the Bengals for the second and final time in 2022.
Week 12 – @ Indianapolis Colts (Nov. 28, 8:15 p.m. ET)
Pittsburgh’s final primetime appearance of 2022 (excluding Saturday) comes against the Indianapolis Colts, whose stunning loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars last year allowed the Steelers to sneak into the postseason. Indianapolis subsequently shipped quarterback Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders and acquired former Atlanta Falcons great Matt Ryan as his replacement.
Week 13 – @ Atlanta Falcons (Dec. 4, 1:00 p.m.)
T.J. Watt will likely be licking his chops as Atlanta’s rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder could be under center by the time Week 13 rolls around.
Week 14 – vs. Baltimore Ravens (Dec. 11, 1:00 p.m. ET)
Any matchup involving the Steelers and Baltimore Ravens is to be amongst the year’s most physical. However, it’s been a one-sided affair on the scoreboard of late, with Pittsburgh winning the past four meetings.
Week 15 – @ Carolina Panthers (Dec. 18, 1:00 p.m. ET)
In the event that he’s under center at this point of the season, the Steelers’ Kenny Pickett will be out to show that Carolina made a mistake in passing on him at No. 6 in April’s draft. Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 6-1-0, outscoring Carolina 227-98.
Week 16 – vs. Las Vegas Raiders (Dec. 24, 8:15 p.m. ET)
The Las Vegas Raiders have won four of the past five meetings, including last year’s 26-17 victory in Week 2.
Week 17 – @ Baltimore Ravens (Jan. 1, 1:00 p.m. ET)
Pittsburgh is 4-1 in its last five trips to Baltimore, its most recent victory coming in Week 18 of last season as the Steelers downed the Ravens 16-13 in overtime.
Week 18 – vs. Cleveland Browns (Jan. 8, TBD)
The Steelers’ final game of 2022 may or may not have playoff implications. But, if a potential wild card berth is on the line, this could be one of the most hard-fought games of the season.