The Pittsburgh Steelers have released their 2009 schedule.  Last year was a difficult schedule.  This year’s is a bit easier.  That doesn’t mean it will be a cakewalk.  I always remember Heraclitus, “You can’t step in the same river twice.”

This year is a different river, and we all remember what happened after the 2005 season.

But 2006 was a different river also.

The Steelers will face five teams that made it to the playoffs last year: the Baltimore Ravens, who they will face at hom and away; the Tensessee Titans, who they will face at home; the Minnesota Vikings, who they will face at home;  San Diego Chargers, again at home;  and Miami Dolphins, who they will meet in Miami.

The Steelers will face some teams that should be cakewalks, but those are the ones that usually take you by surprise.  These include the flacid Detroit Lions, who went 0-16 last year; the Kansas City Chiefs, who had two wins last year; and both whimpy powerhouses from Ohio, Cleveland and Cincinnati, both 4-12 last year.

Would it be great if they made it to the final dance again?

Here’s the schedule:

Steelers Pre-Season
Date Opponent Kickoff
Thursday, Aug. 13 Arizona Cardinals 8 p.m.
Saturday Aug. 22 at Washington Redskins 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29 Buffalo Bills 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 3 at Carolina Panthers 8 p.m.
Steelers Regular Season
Date Opponent Kickoff
Thursday, Sept. 10 Tennessee Titans 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 20 at Chicago Bears 4:15 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 27 at Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 4 San Diego Chargers 8:20 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 11 at Detroit Lions 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 18 Cleveland Browns 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 25 Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 1 Bye
Monday, Nov. 9 at Denver Broncos 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 15 Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22 at Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 29 at Baltimore Ravens 8:20 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6 Oakland Raiders 1 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 10 at Cleveland Browns 8:20 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 20 Green Bay Packers 1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 27 Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010 at Miami Dolphins 1 p.m.