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Steelers will face the Patriots in their home opener in Week 2

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The Steelers announced that they'll face the Patriots in their home opener in Week 2 on Sept. 18. The Steelers haven't had a home game in Week 1 since 2014, which is by far the longest streak in the NFL. The Pirates have a 1:35 p.m. game against the Cardinals on Sept. 11, and the issues centering around why the Steelers haven't had a Week 1 home opener since 2014 has to do with the fact that Heinz Field shares parking with PNC Park.

The Bengals announced that they'll host the Steelers in Week 1. According to Jay Morrison of The Athletic, the Bengals will play the Steelers on Sunday Night Football in Week 11 at Heinz Field.

The Steelers lost both matchups against Cincinnati in 2021. The Bengals haven’t won more than three in a row in the series since 1988-90 when they won six consecutive games against the Steelers. The Steelers are 67-38 all-time against the Bengals, and this will be the first time the two teams will meet to open the season.

The Steelers last played the Patriots at Heinz Field in 2018, which was a 17-10 win. Overall, the last time the Steelers played New England was in Week 1 of the 2019 season, which was a 33-3 loss.

According to Nate Geary of WGR 550, a leaked schedule of the Steelers playing the Bills in Week 5 is correct.

According to Saints analyst Nick Underhill of WWL-TV, the Steelers will host the Saints on Nov. 13 at Heinz Field.

The Steelers are 7-9 all-time against the Saints, and Mike Tomlin is 0-3 in his career against New Orleans. The Saints are the only team that Tomlin has yet to beat in his tenure as the Steelers head coach.

The last time the Steelers and Saints squared off was in Week 16 of the 2018 season, which was the game that featured the two controversial pass interference penalties on Joe Haden. The Saints prevailed, 31-28, and the Haden PI penalties played a big role.

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