A look at all of the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2015 opponents, one team a day, leading up to free agency and the 2015 NFL Draft.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have the toughest schedule in the NFL in 2015, and as many of their opponents sport division crowns and playoff appearances in 2014, the St. Louis Rams are one of the few teams the Steelers have on the schedule who had a losing record last season. With that said, the Rams are not a team to take lightly as they have a great young group of talent to build around heading into next season.
St. Louis Rams
2014: 6-10 (4th place in NFC West), 2-4 within the NFC West, 4-8 within the NFC
2014 vs. the Steelers: Did not play
Potential Free Agents: T Joseph Barksdale, WR Kenny Britt, DE Alex Carrington, LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, LB Will Herring, QB Shaun Hill, G Davin Joseph, TE Lance Kendricks, G Mike Person, DE Eugene Sims, C Tim Barnes (RFA), QB Austin Davis (RFA), TE Cory Harkey (RFA), S Rodney McLeod (RFA).
2015 NFL Draft: 10th selection
The St. Louis Rams have been a team who has shown flashes of contending, only to have it followed with disappointing losses which leave head coach Jeff Fisher and the fan base scratching their heads. The team's offense is as unstable as any in the NFL behind oft-injured quarterback Sam Bradford, but their defense seems to have come to life behind defensive rookie of the year Aaron Donald.
The Rams organization has said they stand behind Bradford as their quarterback and don't plan on moving up in the draft to take on of the two stud quarterbacks in the draft, and with the future of the quarterback position tied to Bradford the future of the team's offense seems up in the air as usual.
Defensively the Rams did more than their share of confusing and frustrating opponents in 2014. The Rams possess one of the best young defensive fronts in the NFL, and although their overall rankings against the run and pass might not seem impressive, they are a fun group to watch.
The Steelers will probably be heavy favorites when the team travels to the Edward Jones Dome in 2015, and rightfully so. The Steelers' offense seems poised for a breakout year, as if the 2014 performance the team put on paper wasn't enough. The Rams defense might be young and brimming with potential, but the thought of them stopping the likes of Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Ben Roethlisberger seem doubtful at best.
The Steelers don't have many games on their 2015 schedule which fans will put a 'W' next to the team on their schedule, but this game would be one of those games. Whether the Steelers continue their trend of playing down to the level of their competition is something which only time will tell.