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Steelers 2021 Opponents Finalized

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The Steelers are still forging their way through the 2020-21 season, with their first playoff game scheduled for Sunday night at Heinz Field against the Cleveland Browns.

But with the close of the 2020 regular season on Sunday, the Steelers also had their opponents for the 2021 season finalized.

The Steelers will have their usual six games against AFC North foes Baltimore, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

They will play the four teams from the AFC West, with the Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos coming to Pittsburgh and the Steelers playing the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs on the road.

The Steelers will also face the other two 2020 AFC division winners, the Buffalo Bills on the road and the Tennessee Titans at home.

The four crossover games with the NFC will involve the NFC North, with the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions coming to Heinz Field and the Steelers going on the road to play the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers.

It has also been reported that the NFL may add a 17th game to the 2021 schedule. It’s unclear how that addition could impact the schedule matrix.

Here’s the full list of the Steelers’ 2021 opponents and their 2020 records:

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Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)
Chicago Bears (8-8)
Cleveland Browns (11-5)
Denver Broncos (5-11)
Detroit Lions (5-11)
Las Vegas Raiders (8-8)
Tennessee Titans (11-5)

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Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
Buffalo Bills (13-3)
Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)
Cleveland Browns (11-5)
Green Bay Packers (13-3)
Kansas City Chiefs (14-2)
Los Angeles Chargers (7-9)
Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

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No Guaranteed Money in Dwayne Haskins’ Low-Risk Steelers Contract

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Further details of quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ new contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers have emerged, demonstrating just how low-risk the acquisition is for the club.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Haskins’ Reserve/Future contract with the Steelers is a one-year, $850,000 deal with no guaranteed money.

Simply put, the Steelers will not be on the hook for any money if they decide to part ways further down the line. If Haskins turns out to be a diamond in the rough for Pittsburgh, they will have acquired him on a tremendous bargain.

Haskins is not getting a raw deal financially either, as he is still being paid on his four-year, $14,416,611 rookie deal with Washington. Signing with the Steelers gives him an opportunity to prove himself with a steady organization without worrying about the financial implications.

A first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Haskins was waived by Washington in late December after the young quarterback was photographed maskless at a strip club, in clear violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocols and mid-pandemic common sense.

Haskins was shaky over two seasons in Washington, passing for 12 touchdowns with 14 interceptions, while completing just over 60% of his passes.

The Steelers are hoping Haskins can flash the talent he showed in his final season at Ohio State, where he completed 70% of his passes for 4,831 yards with 50 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. He finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 2018.

By signing Haskins to such a low-risk, team-friendly contract, Pittsburgh will have an excellent opportunity to determine if some of that talent is still there.

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Report: Steelers Interviewing Mike Sullivan for QB Coach Vacancy

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly interviewing Mike Sullivan for their quarterbacks coach vacancy, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac.

A 17-year coaching veteran at the NFL level, Sullivan was most recently the quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos in 2018. He also has previous experience as an offensive coordinator with the New York Giants (2016-17) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-12).

Sullivan is currently the Director of Recruiting at his alma mater Army, a position he has held since March of last year.

Sullivan would also bring additional championship pedigree to the Steelers, having won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI with the Giants.

Former Giants quarterback Eli Manning had one of the best seasons of his career in 2011 under Sullivan, passing for a career-high 4,933 yards and 29 touchdowns.

The Steelers are looking to fill the void left by Matt Canada, who was officially promoted to offensive coordinator on Monday.

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Mic Drop: Rooting for Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell Is Easy Choice

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The idea that either Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell will become a Super Bowl champion after Super Bowl LV isn’t exactly something that makes Steelers fans excited for the big game. With that said, Mike Asti feels deciding who to root for should be an easy choice for Steelers fans. He wants to set the record straight once and for all of why Pittsburgh fans need to stop grouping the two former Steelers together.

While they both left the franchise in a cloud of drama, Le’Veon Bell doesn’t deserve to be treated as if he committed the same kind of sins against the Steelers that Antonio Brown did.

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