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17th Game vs. Seattle Toughens Steelers’ NFL-Hardest Schedule

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The Steelers’ 2021 schedule already looked like a daunting one and it didn’t get easier when the NFL officially added a 17th game last week and gave the Steelers a home date with the 12-4 Seattle Seahawks.

The Steelers already had the hardest schedule in the NFL for 2021, according to their opponents’ 2020 win-loss records. The 17 teams the Steelers will play had an aggregate record of 155-115-2, for a .574 winning percentage. Before adding the Seahawks game, Pittsburgh opponents had a .563 winning percentage, still the most difficult in the NFL.

Divisional rivals Baltimore have the second-hardest schedule, with a .563 opponent winning percentage.  

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The Steelers and Ravens will share many opponents in 2021, including two games each against the rest of the AFC North, the entire NFC North and AFC West divisions. 

The games that are different for the teams are the ones based on divisional finish. The Steelers will play AFC East winners Buffalo (13-3), AFC South winners Tennessee (11-5) and Seattle, while the Ravens will face second-place finishers Indianapolis (11-5), Miami (10-6) and the Los Angeles Rams (10-6).

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