Pittsburgh Steelers vs Houston Texans Preview: Matchups, Injury Updates, Predictions

September 27, 2020 5:00 pm

Pittsburgh Steelers have started the 2020 NFL season in fine form. They are on a two-game winning streak after beating the New York Giants and Denver Broncos in the last couple of weeks. Head Coach Mike Tomlin will be pleased with his team’s display as they get ready to play the Houston Texans in Week Three.

Meanwhile, Deshaun Watson’s Houston Texans are yet to register a win in the league. They’ve been outplayed in both their opening games. Coach Bill O’Brien will hope to end the dry spell with a win against the Steelers over the weekend.

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week Three matchday predictions.

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NFL Preview

Pittsburgh Steelers aim to continue their winning start to the season

The Pittsburgh Steelers have started the 2020 NFL season in epic fashion. Coach Mike Tomlin was blessed with the return of veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the offseason.

He’s been terrific for the Steelers over the last two weeks. He has a 68.5% completion rate and has five passing TDs against one interception.

He will be crucial for the Steelers in Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. The home team has lady luck on their side. They have no major injuries on their roster. They’re also expecting WR Juju Smith-Schuster to play a part in today’s game at the Heinz Field.

Houston Texans’ Bill O’Brien still hunting for his first win of the 2020 NFL season

Head Coach Bill O’Brien must be relieved that his team are done with their tough run of opening games. The Texans lost to the Kansas City Chiefs on opening day, followed by another defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens in Week Two.

Deshaun Watson will hope to build some momentum with the Texans moving forward. RB David Johnson and WRs Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb will have to step up and share offensive duties while playing the Steelers on Sunday. Coach O’Brien will rely on his strong defense led by JJ Watt to restrict Ben Roethlisberger and Co.

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NFL Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers vs Houston Texans Injury Updates

Pittsburgh – None

Houston – Questionable

WR Kenny Stills – Illness

RB Duke Johnson – Ankle

ILB Peter Kalambayi – Hamstring

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Steelers vs Texans Prediction

Pittsburgh Steelers 35 –  30 Houston Texans

Sep 20, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rolls out of the pocket as Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Matt Judon (99) applies defensive pressure during the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans will face a tough time navigating their way around the Steelers offense. Hence, we’re going to pick the home team as favorites heading into this crunch Week Three encounter.

Deshaun Watson will have to really put in a strong display to pull off an unlikely win on the road. This game could go right down to the wire if Watson decides to turn up the heat in the first quarter.

Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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