The NFL calendar never stops. A day after the 2023 NFL Draft wrapped up, the league is already gearing up for its 2023 schedule release. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL is expected to release the fall’s schedule on May 11th.
As Schefter notes, the league has more confidence in a scheduling date with the Lamar Jackson and Aaron Rodgers situations settled. Jackson will officially remain a Raven for years to come, signing a five-year deal last week after a lengthy contract dispute. Rodgers was officially trade last week after a standoff between New York and Green Bay. Now, the NFL can build the schedule around those two outcomes. Expect the Jets to play in a ton of primetime games this year and their Sunday Night Football drought to end .
For the Steelers and the rest of the league, their 2023 opponents are already known. They’re determined by a rotating schedule with other games being determined by 2022 records and standings. Pittsburgh will play the AFC South and NFC West along with their standard six AFC North games. The schedule will round out with the Steelers also playing the Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas Raiders, and New England Patriots in 2023.
The schedule release just puts all the games in order. We’ll see how many primetime games the Steelers have, when their bye week is, and if they finally open a season at home. With the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road around Week One, there seems like a greater chance of that happening this year.