Houston @ Pittsburgh
Current Records: Houston 0-2; Pittsburgh 2-0
What to Know
The Houston Texans will face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road at 1 p.m. ET Sunday at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh will be strutting in after a win while the Texans will be stumbling in from a loss.
The contest between Houston and the Baltimore Ravens last week was not a total blowout, but with Houston falling 33-16 at home, it was darn close to turning into one. One thing working slightly against Houston was the run-of-the-mill game of their most targeted running back, RB David Johnson, who rushed for 34 yards on 11 carries.
Most of the squad's points came courtesy of special teams, which contributed ten. K Ka'imi Fairbairn delivered a perfect 3-for-3 game.
Pittsburgh decided to play defense against itself last week, but the team still came out ahead despite their 85 penalty yards. They secured a 26-21 W over the Denver Broncos. Pittsburgh's RB James Conner was one of the most active players for the squad, rushing for one TD and 106 yards on 16 carries. Conner had had trouble finding his footing against the New York Giants two weeks ago, so this was a step in the right direction.
The Steelers defense was a presence as well, as it embarrassed Denver offensive line to sack the quarterback seven times for a loss of 61 yards. Leading the way was OLB T.J. Watt and his two sacks. Those were the first sacks for Watt through Week 2.
The Texans are expected to lose this next one by 3.5. Those betting on them against the spread shouldn't have high expectations for them since the squad is 0-2 ATS when expected to lose.
Houston suffered a grim 34-6 defeat to the Steelers when the teams previously met three seasons ago. Can Houston avenge their defeat, or is history doomed to repeat itself? We'll soon find out.
How To Watch
- When: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
- Where: Heinz Field -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- TV: CBS
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $93.00
The Steelers are a 3.5-point favorite against the Texans, according to the latest NFL odds.
Bettors have moved against the Steelers slightly, as the game opened with the Steelers as a 6-point favorite.
Pittsburgh won the only game these two teams have played in the last six years.
- Dec 25, 2017 - Pittsburgh 34 vs. Houston 6
Top Projected Fantasy Players
- James Conner: 12.4 points
- JuJu Smith-Schuster: 9.42 points
- David Johnson: 8.6 points