Not only do the Steelers have the toughest schedule in the league, the NFL issued them one in which they won't have the chance to feel comfortable with any one kickoff time.
The Steelers play at night in three of their first five games and have only two scheduled 1 p.m. kickoffs in their first 13 games in 2008.
Their schedule, released by the NFL this afternoon, contains the maximum of five night games -- two on Sunday, two on Monday and one Thursday.
The Steelers open at Heinz Field Sept. 7 against the Houston Texans and then go right into the teeth of their AFC North Division competition at Cleveland Sept. 14, an 8:15 p.m. start. The Browns and Steelers are virtual co-favorites in the AFC North, according to early odds.
The date for the Steelers' preseason opener also has been set, for Aug. 8 against Philadelphia at Heinz Field.
AUGUST8 -- Philadelphia, 7:30
SEPTEMBER7 -- Houston, 1 p.m.
OCTOBER5 -- at Jacksonville, 8:15 p.m.
NOVEMBER3 -- at Washington, 8:30 p.m.
DECEMBER7 -- Dallas, 4:15 p.m.