Last night, in an event full of pomp and circumstance, the NFL has released its 2020 schedule.
Now it’s time for speculation and way-too-early judgments on which teams will be better, or worse, than last season’s records would indicate.
Despite opening the season on the road for the sixth straight season, the Steelers will get to play the relatively weak NFC East and the AFC South.
On paper, it looks like a favorable draw for the Steelers. They will play four of their first six games in the friendly confines of Heinz Field and their opponents have the second lowest average winning-percentage based on last year.
After a stop over in New York to start things off, the Steelers will play at home against the Broncos and Texans. A road game against the Titans is sandwiched between two more home games versus the Eagles and Browns. The Steelers second half schedule features a trip to Dallas, a home date with the Ravens and a trip to Buffalo, but also a lot of cellar-dwellers in the Bengals, Jaguars, Redskins and some .500 clubs like the Browns and Colts.
Our 2020 season schedule has arrived!
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 7, 2020
Will the Steelers, with the return of a top five defense and a healthy Roethlisberger, be able to improve on last year’s 8-8 record?
How many wins can you find? Are you an optimist, a pessimist or a “wait and see” type of fan?
Cast your vote below.
Poll: Will You Still Buy Madden 21 with Lamar Jackson on the Cover?
Baltimore Ravens quarterback and 2020 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson is going to grace the cover of the Madden 21 video game.
Does the presence of a Raven make you less likely to buy it?
— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) June 16, 2020
While most fans probably won’t let who’s on the cover stop them from buying the latest edition of the legendary sports video game franchise, Steelers fans can hope that Lamar Jackson’s appearance curses the Ravens, much like it has for cover athletes in the past. Pittsburgh knows that history all too well with the drama that ensued after Madden awarded Antonio Brown the cover.
Poll: Grade the Steelers 2020 Draft Haul
The Pittsburgh Steelers, along with the rest of the NFL, have wrapped up the 2020 NFL Draft. The team had six total draft picks (but no first-rounder). With the six picks, they selected Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool, Charlotte linebacker Alex Highsmith, Maryland running back Anthony McFarland, Jr., Louisiana guard Kevin Dotson, Maryland safety Antoine Brooks, Jr. and Nebraska defensive lineman Carlos Davis.
According to Pro Football Focus, the Steelers graded out at a pedestrian B-. Undoubtedly the grade suffered because of a lack of first-round pick, because PFF wasn’t unhappy with the Claypool, Highsmith and Dotson picks in particular.
What do you think? How would you grade the Steelers 2020 Draft, particularly in light of the fact that the team, in their own words, used their first-round pick on Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Give them a grade.
Myles Garrett Doubles Down on Racial Slur Allegation Against Mason Rudolph
Cleveland Browns defensive end, who is fresh off being reinstated by the NFL, is once again alleging Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph used a racial slur before their altercation towards the end of a game in November.
“He called me the N-word,” Garrett told ESPN’s Mina Kimes during an interview that aired on the network. “He called me a ‘stupid N-word,” Garrett reiterated.
The former number overall pick of the Browns initially accused Rudolph of using a racial slur while appealing his indefinite suspension by the NFL. Despite his claim, the NFL upheld Garrett’s suspension, which coveted the remainder of the 2019 regular season. Garrett attacked Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph by removing his helmet and then hitting him in the head with it, which then triggered a brawl between the two teams.
The NFL did reduce the suspension of Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who punched and kicked Garrett after he struck Rudolph, from three games to two.
Rudolph wasn’t suspended for his role in the incident, but was fined $50,000. On the same day Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was reinstated by the league, the NFL also decided to uphold Rudolph’s fine for his role. Rudolph has consistently denied ever directing any slur and also called Garrett’s actions “bush league” and a coward move.
At this point, we may never know who is really telling the truth. Do you believe Rudolph called Garrett a racial slur?