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2011 NFL Schedule: Could The Steelers Face Patriots And Chiefs Next Year?

Steelers Depot has the details on the Steelers' 2011 schedule. The final 2010 regular-season game against the Cleveland Browns will determine whether the Steelers win the AFC North and thus whether they face the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs next year. If they lose against the Browns and take a Wild Card berth, they'll face the New York Jets and either the San Diego Chargers or Oakland Raiders instead.

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In any case, the rest of Pittsburgh's schedule should be a lot more forgiving, as they face the entire AFC South and NFC West. The AFC South isn't a terrible division, but it isn't much to fear, either, with none of its teams better than 9-5 right now. And the NFC West is, as you might have heard, a disaster - every team is below .500 despite playing each other constantly, and all four teams are allowing far more points than they've scored. The Steelers will play the Cardinals and Rams at home and the 49ers and Seahawks on the road.

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Of course, much could still change with the NFL considering an 18-game schedule. But the way things are shaping up so far, next year's schedule looks pretty soft for the Steelers.

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