Steelers schedule includes five prime-time games

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Even though they missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record last season, the Steelers remain a prime-time attraction for the National Football League.

The Steelers will play the maximum five night games this season, including three in a row, as part of their 2010 schedule that will officially be released tonight.

Three of those games will be on Sunday night -- Oct. 31 in New Orleans against the Super Bowl champion Saints; Nov. 14 at home against the New England Patriots; and Dec. 5 at the Baltimore Ravens.

They will also play a Monday night game Nov. 8 in Cincinnati against the AFC North champion Bengals and a Thursday night game Dec. 23 at home against the Carolina Panthers.

If the Steelers have to begin the regular season without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who faces a possible suspension for his alleged sexual-assault incident in Georgia, they will do so against three teams who did not make the playoffs in 2009.

They open the season at home Sept. 12 against the Atlanta Falcons, then play back-to-back road games against the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They don't face a playoff team until their fourth game -- Oct. 3 at home against the Ravens.

The Steelers will play five of their first eight games on the road, including two in Florida -- Sept. 26 at Tampa Bay and Oct. 24 in Miami. Their other non-division road game is Nov. 28 in Buffalo.

Here is the complete schedule. Games in bold are at home.

Pre-season

Saturday, Aug. 14 vs. Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 21 at NY Giants, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 29 at Denver, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 2 vs. Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

Regular season

Sunday, Sept. 12 vs. Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 19 at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 26 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 3 vs. Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 10 Bye weeks

Sunday, Oct. 17 vs. Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 24 at Miami, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 31 at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 8 at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 14 vs. New England, 8:20 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 21 vs. Oakland, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 28 at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 5 at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 12 vs. Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 19 vs. NY Jets, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 23 vs. Carolina, 8:20 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 2 at Cleveland, 1 p.m.



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