Steelers have five night games, will open 2014 season at home
April 23, 2014 8:11 PM
Troy Polamalu heads for the end zone after an interception against the Dolphins at Heinz Field in December.
By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Despite consecutive 8-8 records with no playoff appearances the past two seasons, the Steelers remain an obvious attraction for prime-time television as their 2014 schedule again contains the maximum of five nighttime kickoffs.
The first takes place with the first game of the new CBS-TV Thursday night package Sept. 11 at Baltimore, four days after the Steelers open at home Sept. 7 against the Cleveland Browns.
They play Sunday night on the road again in their third game Sep. 21 at Carolina. Other prime-time games come against Houston Monday night Oct. 20 at Heinz Field, against Baltimore Sunday night Nov. 2 at Heinz Field and against Tennessee Monday night Nov. 17 in Nashville.
The Steelers have the bye week at the latest possible date, Nov. 23. They finish the schedule with two home games around the Christmas holiday, Dec. 21 against Kansas City and Dec. 28 against Cincinnati.
Ten other kickoff times are set for 1 p.m. and another for 4:25 p.m., although many of those will be subject to the NFL’s flexible scheduling in which the times can be switched to later in the afternoon or at night.
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