- The unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers host the winless Houston Texans on Sunday (Sept. 26) at Heinz Field.
- Last Week: 1-0 (+1 Units); 2020 Season: 2-0 (+1.95 Units)
- See game odds, spread and betting advice for the 1:00 p.m. kickoff
The Steelers will look to stay on the winning track and the Houston Texans will look to get off the losing track when the teams meet at 1:00 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 26) at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers are off to a 2-0 start and can open a season with three straight wins for the first time since 2010. The Texans are looking to avoid beginning a season 0-3 for the second time in three years, though they did rebound in 2018 to win the AFC South.
The teams are meeting for the first time since Christmas Day in 2017. The Steelers rolled to a 34-6 road victory as a nine-point favorite with Ben Roethlisberger throwing for 226 yards and two touchdowns.
Here is a look at the current Texans vs Steelers odds.
Texans vs Steelers Odds
Team Moneyline Spread Over/Under Houston Texans +184 +4 (-105) Over 45 (-115) Pittsburgh Steelers -220 -4 (-115) Under 45 (-105)
Odds taken Sept. 25 at FanDuel
Big Ben Bounces Back
Roethlisberger has made a strong comeback for the Steelers this season. He missed the last 14 games of 2019 because of elbow surgery and the Steelers went 8-8 and missed the playoffs.
Roethlisberger has completed 50 of 73 (68.5 percent) of his passing attempts for 540 yards and five touchdowns while being intercepted only once.
Almost a decade later but still the same Ben Roethlisberger.
— Daniel Valente (@StatsGuyDaniel) September 22, 2020
However, Roethlisberger has repeatedly said that he does not feel like he is playing up to his true capabilities. He has been spending extra time after practice working on his footwork.
It would be scary to think how good he could be once he works those issues out.
The game against the Texans will mark a significant milestone for Roethlisberger. It will be the 38-year-old’s 221st game with the Steelers, breaking the record held by Hall of Fame center Mike Webster.
In 17 seasons, Roethlisberger has compiled a 146-71-1 record while winning two Super Bowls.
Nowhere to Run
The Texans have been heavily reliant on the passing of Deshaun Watson early in the season.
They are 30th in the NFL in rushing with an average of 84.5 yards a game.
David Johnson, acquired from the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason for star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, has rushed for 111 yards in two games. The rest of the Texans, though, have combined for just 58 yards on the ground.
One of Houston's big problems on offense is the RPO game is non-existent. Backside defenders are sitting, forcing Watson to hand the ball off, so David Johnson can strangle himself trying to get five yards. pic.twitter.com/ILsorY1ABY
— Matt Weston (@Matt__Weston) September 24, 2020
Houston might have a hard time finding running room against the Steelers, who lead the league in run defense. They are giving up just 66.5 yards a game.
Watson has completed 45 of 68 (66.2 percent) of his passes for 528 yards and two TDs with two picks.
Will Fuller is being counted as the internal option to replace Hopkins at WR1. However, he has had a head-scratching season so far.
Fuller had eight receptions for 112 games in the Texans’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in their opener. However, in the Week 2 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Fuller had no catches and was targeted only once.
Coach Bill O’Brien has been evasive about Fuller all week but this video from last week seems to indicate he has a hamstring problem.
Will Fuller pic.twitter.com/k25ciBoDGi
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 20, 2020
For what it’s worth, the oft-injured Fuller has not showed up on the Texans’ injury report.
Call this game the Watt Bowl as Texans defensive end JJ squares off with his brothers, linebacker TJ and fullback Derek of the Steelers.
The three brothers will all be on the field in the same NFL game for the first time.
The Steelers will have more Wattage, outnumbering the Texans 2-1. Pittsburgh also has the better team with a more consistent offense and better defense.
Best Bet: Steelers -4 (-115, 1 Unit)
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