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Week 3 Preview: Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers

Previewing the match-up between the Houston Texans visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers, focusing on key injuries and game notes.

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WEEK 3 PREVIEWS:
MIA @ JAX | SF @ NYG | WAS @ CLE | CIN @ PHI | LV @ NE | CHI @ ATL | LAR @ BUF | HOU @ PIT
TEN @ MIN | CAR @ LAC | NYJ @ IND | DAL @ SEA | DET @ ARZ | TB @ DEN | GB @ NO | KC @ BAL

Houston Texans @ Pittsburgh Steelers
When: 9/27 @ 1 pm ET
Watch: CBS
Point Spread: Texans +4
Over/Under: 45
Moneyline: Steelers -200 | Texans +175

Texans Key Injuries: Laremy Tunsil, T, Elbow (Q), Brandin Cooks, WR, Quadriceps (Q), J.J. Watt, DE, Groin (Q), David Johnson, RB, Ankle (Q), Gareon Conley, CB, Ankle (IR)
Eagles Key Injuries: Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, Knee (Q), Diontae Johnson, WR, Toe (Q), Bud Dupree, OLB, Shoulder (Q), Tyson Alualu, DE, Knee (Q), Stefen Wisniewski, G, Chest (IR), Zach Banner, T, ACL (IR)

NOTES: The Texans have shown struggles on both sides of the ball through the first two weeks of the season, but are looking to bounce back in week 3. That bounce-back won’t be easy against the Steelers stout defense, but DeShaun Watson’s talent can overcome just about any defense. Watson hasn’t lost a step and looks even better in year four, but he has lost a few weapons as DeAndre Hopkins was traded to Arizona. Will Fuller V has stepped up as the Texans number one option on the outside, and after a disappointing showing against the Ravens in week 2, he will also look to bounce back. On the defensive side, J.J Watt is questionable but should be good to go, whenever he is on the field he ensures nightmares for opposing offenses, and can singlehandedly keep the Texans in any contest. For Houston, this contest will be decided on how well their offense can control the tempo, if they can sustain drives it will keep the defense rested and off the field and result in a positive outcome.

Prior to 2019, the Steelers’ success was predicated on their high-powered passing attack, but 2019 was different after Ben Roethlisberger was lost for the season. He has since recovered from his arm injury, but the Steelers don’t want to risk their 38-year-old QB’s health so they have changed their philosophy. Their game plan has been altered to a ground and pound approach, where they play through the running game and let that open up the passing game, but they haven’t missed a beat as they are 2-0. However, the Steelers are relying on their defense more than ever, and it’s been successful. They have young stars leading them on defense all over the field. It starts with the pass rush headlined by DEs Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt. While the pass rush applies constant pressure and quells opposing run games, LB Devin Bush and S Minkah Fitzpatrick fly around the middle of the field and will make life tough for DeShaun Watson and this Texans offense. Even though Watson is very talented, this defense is one of the best in the league and should control the game-script leading to success for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Heisen is currently a journalism major at the University of Oregon and was part of the SemiPro Media team as a Co-Assistant Editor and Staff Writer. He has a passion for fantasy football and a knack for the analytical statistics behind football. Heisen roots for a football team that epitomizes choking: The Los Angeles Chargers.

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