Steelers schedule road-heavy early, home late



PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will open the 2012 season in a playoff rematch, though one with an entirely different look. The Steelers travel to Denver to face the Peyton Manning-led Broncos on Sunday, Sept. 9, the first of five primetime games for Pittsburgh next fall.

The Steelers host the New York Jets and Tim Tebow in their home opener on Sept. 16. Pittsburgh also hosts cross-state rival Philadelphia on Oct. 7. Notable non-division road games include a trip to New York to face the defending Super Bowl champion Giants on Nov. 4 and a visit to Dallas on Dec. 16.

The Steelers face rival Baltimore twice in three weeks, hosting the Ravens on Nov. 18 with Baltimore getting the rematch two weeks later.

Pittsburgh plays three of its final four games at home, including the season finale on Dec. 30 against Cleveland.