"There will be a lot of attention paid to Peyton Manning's first game with the Denver Broncos, so it'll be exciting to start out that way," Steelers president Art Rooney II said. "Then we have the New York Jets at home, which will be another exciting game, a repeat of the AFC Championship Game from a couple of years ago here at Heinz Field."
The team's bye week on Sept. 30 and a home date with cross-state rival Philadelphia break up road trips to Oakland (Sept. 23), Tennessee (Oct. 11) and Cincinnati (Oct. 21) loom, with the Titans game coming on a Thursday night.
A home game against San Diego on Dec. 9 and a visit to Dallas on Dec. 16 break up the run of divisional games. Though the Steelers will close out the regular season at Heinz Field against Cincinnati on Dec. 23 and end the season against Cleveland on Dec. 30.
Pittsburgh's schedule is tied for 14th-toughest in the NFL based on the 2011 standings, with only five games coming against teams that made the playoffs last year - Denver, Cincinnati, Baltimore and the Giants.
The team will celebrate an old look while commemorating its 80th season. Rooney introduced throwback jerseys replicating the ones the franchise used in 1934. The black-and-yellow striped design was used for just one season.