I can\’t color it any better than that. Offenses have not been able to just spread the Steelers defense out and the zone play early on was way above the standard. Pittsburgh Steelers roster for the 2011 NFL season. Best Offensive Skill Position Matt Schaub is a very capable quarterback and the Texans are balanced if running back Arian Foster is not still slowed by his hamstring injury. Week 1 – @ Ravens – There is never really a great time to play the Ravens at their house, but if there was, it would be this year in week 1. While Starks has allowed 2 sacks, 1 quarterback hit and 5 pressures since he returned, he is not getting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger killed and Roethlisberger looks incredibly comfortable more often in the pocket. The Steelers have fared well at shutting down Chris Johnson in the past and they will make Hasselbeck beat them through the air. The Colts defense will be average at best and will rely heavily on the pass rush of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. There could still be home field for the playoffs at stake just the same and the Browns will likely be playing for pride. Colt McCoy surprised many in his rookie season and it is poised to grow more in 2011. The Browns defense is moving to a 4-3 and rookie Phil Taylor looks like the real deal on the defensive line. Week 11 – BYE – The Steelers could not ask for a better time for a bye week coming off of two division games and the game against the Patriots. Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem? The Steelers will play five nationally televised primetime games, it was announced today when the NFL released its 2011 regular season schedule. They may have added wide receiver Sidney Rice and tight end Zach Miller, but they allowed Matt Hasselbeck to walk and chose to bring in Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback. There are no give me games in the NFL from week to week, but this game sure is close to being just that. The Colts would likely have to win this game via a shootout and without Manning; it is hard to see that happening. Week 7 – @ Cardinals – The Steelers fly out to Pittsburgh West to take on the Cardinals and new quarterback Kevin Kolb. If you like what you see on this site, we now have an ad-free option available for a donation of $25 per year, and you can enjoy the site entirely ad-free! Best Defensive Back He iced the games against the Jaguars and Patriots single-handedly and is a tremendous leader on defense. My Choice – LaMarr Woodley – Sure this might be by default, but the last 4 games he has been on a tear. Kolb is no Kurt Warner, but he can be dangerous if not pressured and receiver Larry Fitzgerald has no problems getting open regardless of who he is matched up against. He is absolutely playing at a Pro Bowl level. He has been non-existent in the pass rush department and very, very quiet in run support. While he still makes mistakes, you can see the progression nearly every week and he had perhaps his most impressive game this year against the Patriots. It is a division game and the Steelers need to make sure they take care of business. Kenny Britt is the only real receiving threat they have and this team looks worse than the one the Steelers beat last year in week 2. The 49ers secondary is not one that looks like it will pose much of a problem to the Steelers this far out, but they do have a beast of an inside linebacker in Patrick Willis that can\’t be allowed to take over the game. We noticed your adblocker is on. He certainly has missed a golden opportunity since James Harrison went down and you could say he is the reason Timmons gets this award instead. They have now released David Garrard and by the time week 6 rolls around, it could be rookie Blaine Gabbert under center. With all of those disclaimers out of the way, here is a quick and dirty look at the Steelers schedule and opponents they will face by week. If the Ravens win week 1, the Steelers must earn a split here. How long Manning will remain sidelined is a mystery and it goes without saying that the Colts are in big trouble without him. My Choice – Lawrence Timmons – I wanted to give Jason Worilds this award so bad, but I am not going to hold the quad injury against him. Regular Season… Perhaps it is a by-product of all the shuffling that has gone on. If you like what you see on this … The Seahawks line is a mess right now as well as they surrendered 7 sacks of Jackson during the preseason. This game will be broadcast on the NFL Network and could put the Steelers in the driver seat as they close out the 3rd quarter of the season. They are worse. The Browns offensive line will miss guard Eric Steinbach, but they still are anchored by left tackle Joe Thomas. Regardless, this will be a tough game like all games against the Ravens have been as of late, but you have to like the veteran Steelers in this game on paper if Ray Rice is kept quiet. We noticed your adblocker is on. The Steelers are 6-2 at the half way point of the 2011 season so I thought it would be fun to hand out some mid-season awards before they take on the Ravens tonight. Out Edit. Week 12 – @ Chiefs – The Steelers travel to Arrowhead out of the bye to take on the Chiefs. If they get the Colts without Manning, that too will be huge and it is very possible. My Choice – Mike Wallace – You do not hear head coach Mike Tomlin calling him a one trick pony anymore for a reason. The Ravens will also likely roll out cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Cary Williams as week 1 starters. Week 5 – Titans – Getting the Titans at home in week 5 is a gift to start the second quarter of the season. This might very well be a must-win game for the Rams and it is a good thing they have to do it on the road. Pittsburgh will play back-to-back home games the following two weeks, Aug. 18 (Thursday) versus the Philadelphia Eagles and Aug. 27 (Saturday) against the Atlanta Falcons. The Patriots will look to spread out the Steelers defense again with Wes Welker, Chad Ochocinco and Deion Branch. ... View the 2011 Pittsburgh Steelers schedule, results and scores for regular season, preseason and postseason NFL games. Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet. Also impressive are safety T.J. Ward and cornerback Joe Haden and they both could surprise this year with their play. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Poll Result – Ben Roethlisberger. Week 14 – Browns – 4 days after the Bengals the Steelers finally get the Browns for the first time in 2011. Steven Jackson and Cadillac Williams make a good one-two punch in the running game and receiver Mike Sims-Walker can hurt teams in the slot. Ok, not really, but this game, like all Ravens games, is very important, but you already knew that. Former defensive backs coach Ray Horton now runs the Cardinals defense and former Steelers defensive back Deshea Townsend is coaching the secondary. Out Edit. Additionally, if you'd like to donate above and beyond the ad-free option, you can donate via PayPal as well. Reggie Wayne, Wes Welker, Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson are all big time receivers he has faced and pretty much shut down. Week 2 – Seahawks – This is not the same Seahawks team that made the playoffs last year with an 7-9 record that went on to surprisingly upset the Saints. Center Matt Birk has been hawked down by father time and their two guards are Ben Grubbs and Marshal Yanda. He has clearly found the fountain of youth and continues to bath in it. Schedule Conclusion – Unfortunately games are not played on paper, but this schedule certainly plays in favor of the Steelers when you factor in that they will field mostly the same team as last year while several teams they face will have many new faces, systems and coaching staffs. The Browns will when a few games this year and pull an upset or two along the way, the Steelers need to make sure that they are not one of those teams. Quarterback Sam Bradford looks like he is the real deal and the Rams defense should be much improved this year. The Steelers 2011 season kicks off this Sunday and I have purposely waited until now to post a game by game quick look ahead at the Steelers 2011 schedule. The Steelers open their four-game preseason schedule Friday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at FedEx Field against the Washington Redskins. Early Draft Picks: DE/DT Cameron Heyward, OT Marcus Gilbert, CB Curtis Brown, CB Cortez Allen, DE/OLB Chris Carter. Week 6 – Jaguars – Week 6 brings another gift to Heinz Field in the form of the Jaguars. I just do not see that happening this far out. This game could very well decide the AFC North with 7 weeks still to go. We noticed your adblocker is on. This is one of those games on the Steelers schedule that scares me though. The free agent moves and final roster cuts have taken place around the league and it provides a much clearer look at where teams are at that the Steelers will face this year. Pouncey has been good this year, but not great. Tom Brady is very patient and effective at putting the ball into tight windows. In two seasons with the Browns, Mangini had a record of 10–22 and a disappointing 2–10 record against division opponents. My Choice – Ike Taylor – Sure Taylor does not have an interception, but he is only allowing around a 30% completion rate when opposing quarterbacks have thrown at him. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Year: 12-4) - Buy Tickets 2011 NFL Season Preview: Veteran Additions: TE John Gilmore. He has 3 sacks, 8 pressures and a three tipped balls to his credit, one that ended up being intercepted. We use ads to fund this site and continue to bring you premium Steelers content. My Choice – Marcus Gilbert – Hands down this goes to Gilbert who stepped in when Willie Colon went down against the Ravens in week 1. It would not surprise me if he led the league in sacks this year. Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem? Week 15 – @ 49ers – The Steelers get more than a week off before they head all the way out to San Francisco to take on the 49ers. The Jaguars only hope is to keep this a low scoring game and I just do not see their defense being able to make that happen.