why are we playing pittsburgh at there house again 2 years in a row?
Very tough to explain. You have to understand how the schedule works since the 2002 realignment:
Each team plays it's division games twice for six games.
Each team plays four teams in an NFC division once every four years for four games.
Each team plays vs an entire other AFC division in the AFC every three years for another four games.
When this is done, the entire division plays 14 games that are the SAME. The only difference after that is that NE will play the other two first place teams in the AFC and Miami will play the other two fourth place teams in the AFC since that was our order of finish this year. That's why NE gets Indy and SD whereas Miami gets Oakland and Houston next year. That's the only difference in our schedules. The Jets play the other two 2nd place teams and the Bills get the third place teams.
How does this tie into playing the Steelers on the road two straight years? Simple. This year's game was a 2nd place vs a 2nd place game based on the 2005 standings whereas next years game is an AFC East vs AFC North game - everyone in our division plays everyone in the north. Every three years when we play the north, the venue will change. In three more years, Pitt will come to Miami. Three years after that, Miami goes to Pitt and so on.
Just like when an AFC division plays an NFC division, we'll play Dallas and NY here next year, but in four years we go to the Cowboys and Giants. It rotates.
Unfortunately, the games you play each year vs the other teams who placed the same as you did the year before (our 2nd vs 2nd against Pitt this year) have no bearing on venue. Like when Indy and NE play, it's often at NE, just works out that way. It's the part of the schedule where each team finished first the year before and so they play each other and the other first placed teams in their conference. There's no way to make the schedule work out venue-wise because each year, the placement of teams is different. Get it? The order of each division will change each year so you could end up playing a team year after year at their place if you both finish in the same spot in your respective divisions (each finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th the year before)
That make any sense? Probably not.
Short answer: This year's Pitt/Miami game was a 2nd vs 2nd from 2005.....next year's game is our rotation of every third year of playing the AFC north. So the next Pitt at Miami game will take place three years after that in 2010 as it pertains to the north vs east. BUT if Miami and Pittsburgh finish in the same spot in their respective divisions in any year, we'll also play again and it could be at Pitt or Miami, just depends.
:D You're probably still lost, but hey, I did try!