“At 7:59 I was sitting there waiting for it,” said Golden. “When it dropped I was with a couple of the other guys and we started looking at the schedule. We were excited about it. The primetime games at the end of the season when things heat up, we are excited.”
“A lot of primetime games, but that is what we expect,” said
The Steelers begin a stretch of four-straight primetime games when they host the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, Nov. 16 on NBC/NFLN, followed by a home game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football on Nov. 26. The Steelers will be on the road against the Bengals on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on Dec. 4. The primetime blitz concludes with a Sunday night game against the Ravens at Heinz Field on Dec. 10.
“It’s awesome to have the Steelers on so many primetime games,” said Golden. “They obviously admire us and we want to go out there and make sure we give them a good show. We love playing on primetime, we love playing period. To have the primetime games at the end of the year it’s going to be great. We are going to go out there and make sure we get the job done.”
While those who have been with the Steelers before are accustomed to the primetime action, for
“When the schedule comes out you get excited. You look forward to all of the training paying off and you know it’s that much closer.”
Another thing that the players were talking about is playing on Christmas Day for the second year in a row, and only the second time in team history. Last year the Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on Christmas, winning the AFC North. This year they travel to Houston to take on the Texans, again one of only two games being played on Christmas.
“Christmas day, two in a row,” said Chickillo. “That is just part of what we do. I was surprised by that. We got Thanksgiving off at least. I was surprised we were playing then, but it’s part of it.”