The Steelers’ 2018 schedule is yet another first-place schedule to which the defending AFC North champions have become accustomed. That means Pittsburgh will get another shot at Jacksonville, which knocked the Steelers out of the playoffs in the divisional round last season.
Biggest breaks: The Chargers have to make a cross-country trip to play the Steelers. As for the Chiefs, they haven’t beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh since Dec. 21, 1986.
Bottom line: The road game against Jacksonville should be interesting. That’s the team that beat the Steelers twice last year and upset the pecking order in the AFC. Something else to watch: Pittsburgh has lost just three AFC North games in the last three seasons It shouldn’t see much of a slide in 2018. Record prediction: 12-4
Donald, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, is entering the final year of his rookie contract but could be headed for a big payday after Rams general manager Les Snead referred to him as “someone who is on the verge of becoming the highest-paid defensive player in football.”
While the Rams had made it a priority to complete a long-term extension with Donald this offseason, a deal has yet to be reached. Meanwhile, the team has made a number of notable roster moves in acquiring Brandin Cooks, Marcus Peters, Ndamukong Suh and Aqib Talib.
Donald, who turns 27 next month, is coming off a strong season in which he recorded 11 sacks. In his first four years with the Rams, he has been named to four Pro Bowls and earned three first-team All-Pro selections.
Green Bay needs a pass-rusher and a cornerback early in this draft, and they’ll likely have the choice between Landry and Minkah Fitzpatrick. Landry has more upside and can be this team’s defensive anchor moving forward.