NFL’s most brutal schedule awaits Pittsburgh Steelers in 2021 season

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We don’t need dates of which teams the Pittsburgh Steelers will play when to know that the 2021 season will present its fair share of challenges.

After a season that saw Pittsburgh with the NFL’s second-easiest schedule, the toughest schedule has been handed down for 2021. 10 of the 17 games will be against 2020 playoff teams.

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We all know the Steelers track record of playing down to inferior opponents — perhaps this schedule will yield different results.

Based on 2020 regular-season results, the Steelers’ strength of schedule ranks No. 1 and the Philadelphia Eagles No. 32.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers: .574

2. Baltimore Ravens: .563

3. Chicago Bears: .550

4. Green Bay Packers: .542

5. Minnesota Vikings: .531

T6. Cincinnati Bengals: .529

T6. Detroit Lions: .529

8. Las Vegas Raiders: .526

9. Cleveland Browns: .518

10. Los Angeles Rams: .515

T11. Kansas City Chiefs: .511

T11. Seattle Seahawks: .511

T13. Tennessee Titans: .507

T13. Arizona Cardinals: .507

T15. Washington Football Team: .504

T15. Houston Texans: .504

17. Los Angeles Chargers: .493

18. Jacksonville Jaguars: .491

T19. San Francisco 49ers: .489

T19. New York Jets: .489

T19. New England Patriots: .489

22. New Orleans Saints: .483

T23. Buffalo Bills: .478

T23. Indianapolis Colts: .478

25. New York Giants: .474

26. Carolina Panthers: .472

T27. Denver Broncos: .471

T27. Miami Dolphins: .471

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: .465

30. Atlanta Falcons: .454

31. Dallas Cowboys: .452

32. Philadelphia Eagles: .451