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Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Pick & Prediction SEP 27TH 2020

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been awfully hard on himself after just two games since his return, and the self-criticism might not bode well for a Houston Texans team looking for their first win of the season.


Roethlisberger has passed for 540 yards and five touchdowns against one interception while completing 68.5 percent of his attempts for the Steelers, who will host the Texans (0-2) on Sunday at Heinz Field.


Roethlisberger played just two games in 2019 before undergoing season-ending elbow surgery, and his return under center for the Steelers (2-0) hasn't met his elevated standards.


Roethlisberger produced a less efficient showing in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos compared to the Steelers' 26-16 victory over the New York Giants in the season opener. It's all about trust, said the 38-year-old.


"That's going to be the biggest thing: I just have to tell myself to do it," Roethlisberger said of trusting himself. "I want to re-emphasize that it's nothing that the guys are doing wrong. It's just me trusting my arm, trusting the throw, trusting that I can make it because they're in the right spots. So I'm thankful for them that they're there.


"We've just got to keep working. Really it boils down to me needing to be better and trusting myself, which then translates to trusting everyone else."


While Roethlisberger credited the Pittsburgh defense for navigating the way to victory over Denver, the Steelers have been good enough offensively to contribute to the strong start, ranking T-8th in the NFL in yards per play (5.9) and 14th in total offense (759 yards).


"He's been good enough for us to win," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "I obviously think there's more meat on that bone as does he. He's just going to continue to knock the rust off and find his rhythm. The things that can only be gained through repetitive play. That's a reasonable expectation for him to continue to get better as he continues to step into stadiums."


The Texans' concerns on offense are more acute. Houston is 24th in total offense and only two teams in the AFC have scored fewer points than the Texans' 36 through two games. The Texans are 22nd with 36.8 percent of their drives concluding with an offensive score.


Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson has been sacked eight times and the Texans have committed critical turnovers on their side of the field in each of their losses. Three of their four scoring drives against the Ravens ended in field goals.


"We've got a long way to go," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "We've got to get going here this week. We've got to score more points than the other team. We've got to get going, so it's not where we want it to be quite obviously but we're working hard to get it better."


The Texans would benefit from a return to action from running back Duke Johnson, who was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday after missing the loss to the Baltimore Ravens with a sprained ankle. Receiver Will Fuller V departed early against the Ravens with a right hamstring injury but appears to be trending toward full participation for practice this week.


Optimal health only solves some of what's ailing the Texans. Their primary issues are obvious.


"Scoring in the red zone," Watson said. "Of course, we kick field goals, but we want to score touchdowns. Protect the ball. No turnovers and just clean operation. If we can do those three things, I think we'll be just fine."


Steelers wideouts JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and Diontae Johnson (toe) did not practice Wednesday.


--Field Level Media


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Houston Texans

Pittsburgh Steelers

Player Position Lineup
Zach Cunningham primary: Linebacker Starter
Darren Fells primary: Tight End Starter
Will Fuller V primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Zach Fulton primary: Right Guard Starter
Tytus Howard primary: Right Tackle Starter
Nick Martin primary: Center Starter
Benardrick McKinney primary: Linebacker Starter
Whitney Mercilus primary: Linebacker Starter
A.J. Moore Jr. primary: Defensive Back Starter
Justin Reid primary: Safety Starter
Bradley Roby primary: Cornerback Starter
Max Scharping primary: Left Guard Starter
Laremy Tunsil primary: Left Tackle Starter
Deshaun Watson primary: Quarterback Starter
J.J. Watt primary: Defensive End Starter
Brandon Dunn primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
David Johnson primary: Runningback Starter
Eric Murray primary: Safety Starter
Randall Cobb primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Vernon Hargreaves III primary: Cornerback Starter
Brandin Cooks primary: Wide Receiver Starter
P.J. Hall primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Tyrell Adams primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Jordan Akins primary: Tight End Substitution
Bryan Anger primary: Punter Substitution
DeAndre Carter primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Dylan Cole primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Keion Crossen primary: Cornerback Substitution
Ka'imi Fairbairn primary: Kicker Substitution
Phillip Gaines primary: Cornerback Substitution
Cullen Gillaspia primary: Fullback Substitution
Buddy Howell primary: Runningback Substitution
Lonnie Johnson Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
Senio Kelemete primary: Guard Substitution
Jacob Martin primary: Defensive End Substitution
Charles Omenihu primary: Defensive End Substitution
Brennan Scarlett primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Kenny Stills primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Carlos Watkins primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jon Weeks primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Brent Qvale primary: Guard Substitution
John Reid primary: Cornerback Substitution
Michael Thomas primary: Safety Substitution
C.J. Prosise primary: Runningback Substitution
Pharaoh Brown primary: Tight End Substitution
Cornell Armstrong primary: Cornerback Not active
Keke Coutee primary: Wide Receiver Did not play
Duke Johnson primary: Runningback Not active
Roderick Johnson primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Peter Kalambayi primary: Inside Linebacker Not active
AJ McCarron primary: Quarterback Did not play
Ross Blacklock primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Jonathan Greenard primary: Outside Linebacker Not active
Charlie Heck primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Player PositionLineup
Devin Bush primary: Left Inside Linebacker Starter
James Conner primary: Runningback Starter
David DeCastro primary: Right Guard Starter
Bud Dupree primary: Right Outside Linebacker Starter
Terrell Edmunds primary: Strong Safety Starter
Matt Feiler primary: Left Guard Starter
Minkah Fitzpatrick primary: Free Safety Starter
Joe Haden primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Cameron Heyward primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Mike Hilton primary: Cornerback Starter
Diontae Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Vance McDonald primary: Tight End Starter
Steven Nelson primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Chukwuma Okorafor primary: Right Tackle Starter
Maurkice Pouncey primary: Center Starter
Ben Roethlisberger primary: Quarterback Starter
JuJu Smith-Schuster primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Stephon Tuitt primary: Defensive End Starter
Alejandro Villanueva primary: Left Tackle Starter
T.J. Watt primary: Left Outside Linebacker Starter
Vince Williams primary: Right Inside Linebacker Starter
Eric Ebron primary: Tight End Starter
Olasunkanmi Adeniyi primary: Linebacker Substitution
Marcus Allen primary: Linebacker Substitution
Tyson Alualu primary: Defensive End Substitution
Chris Boswell primary: Kicker Substitution
Isaiah Buggs primary: Defensive End Substitution
Kameron Canaday primary: Long Snapper Substitution
J.C. Hassenauer primary: Center Substitution
Justin Layne primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jaylen Samuels primary: Runningback Substitution
Benny Snell Jr. primary: Runningback Substitution
Robert Spillane primary: Linebacker Substitution
Cameron Sutton primary: Cornerback Substitution
James Washington primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jordan Dangerfield primary: Safety Substitution
Derek Watt primary: Fullback Substitution
Chris Wormley primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Chase Claypool primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Alex Highsmith primary: Linebacker Substitution
Anthony McFarland Jr. primary: Runningback Substitution
Kevin Dotson primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
James Pierre primary: Cornerback Substitution
Ray-Ray McCloud primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Sean Davis primary: Safety Substitution
Dustin Colquitt primary: Punter Substitution
Jerald Hawkins primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Zach Gentry primary: Tight End Not active
Ulysees Gilbert III primary: Linebacker Not active
Mason Rudolph primary: Quarterback Did not play
Derwin Gray primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Carlos Davis primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Joshua Dobbs primary: Quarterback Not active

Houston Texans

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 28 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
    • Pass Receiver: Randall Cobb
    • Passer: Deshaun Watson
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 33 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Chris Boswell
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 14 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Will Fuller V
    • Passer: Deshaun Watson
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 26 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: JuJu Smith-Schuster
    • Passer: Ben Roethlisberger
    • Conv Kicker: Chris Boswell
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 10 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Eric Ebron
    • Passer: Ben Roethlisberger
    • Conv Kicker: Chris Boswell
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 2 Yards
    • Rusher: David Johnson
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • Period 3
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 26 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Chris Boswell
  • Period 4
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 12 Yards
    • Rusher: James Conner
    • Conv Receiver: JuJu Smith-Schuster
    • Conv Passer: Ben Roethlisberger
  • Match End


Last 10

W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Tennessee L 41 - 38
  • Cincinnati L 37 - 31
  • @Indianapolis L 20 - 27
  • @Chicago L 7 - 36
  • Indianapolis L 26 - 20
  • @Detroit W 41 - 25
  • New England W 20 - 27
  • @Cleveland L 7 - 10
  • @Jacksonville W 27 - 25
  • Green Bay L 35 - 20
W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • Cleveland L 48 - 37
  • @Cleveland L 22 - 24
  • Indianapolis W 24 - 28
  • @Cincinnati L 17 - 27
  • @Buffalo L 15 - 26
  • Washington L 23 - 17
  • Baltimore W 14 - 19
  • @Jacksonville W 27 - 3
  • Cincinnati W 10 - 36
  • @Dallas W 24 - 19

Last Meetings

  • Texans @ Steelers 21-28
  • Steelers @ Texans 34-6
  • Texans @ Steelers 23-30
  • Steelers @ Texans 10-17
  • Texans @ Steelers 17-38

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

James Conner rushed for 109 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter as the host Pittsburgh Steelers pounded out a 28-21 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Conner plowed in for a 12-yard touchdown with 6:24 remaining to cap a 12-play, 79-yard drive that chewed 7:03 off the clock and provided the Steelers (3-0) a 26-21 lead. Ben Roethlisberger completed a two-point conversion pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster that extended the lead to seven.

Pittsburgh rushed for 169 yards and ran 76 plays compared to just 47 for the Texans (0-3). Houston had little success running the football, totaling only 29 yards and 15 attempts.

The Texans failed to maintain the momentum from what was a promising first half.

Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson was brilliant prior to the intermission, completing 14 of 18 attempts for 202 yards and two touchdowns. He engineered a 5-play, 75-yard touchdown march that required only 50 seconds after the Steelers grabbed a 17-14 lead with 1:14 left in the second quarter, hitting Will Fuller V for a 14-yard scoring pass and a 21-17 lead at the break.

The Steelers responded with a second-half shutout, allowing just 51 yards. The Texans' defense proved up to the task for most of the second half, holding firm in the third quarter and forcing a 26-yard Chris Boswell field goal after Pittsburgh covered 62 yards in 12 plays and 5:06.

But Watson committed a critical mistake in the fourth quarter, throwing to the middle of the field while under duress from Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt. Cornerback Mike Hilton picked off the pass at the Pittsburgh 13-yard line, giving the Steelers at least one takeaway in nine consecutive games. Conner converted the turnover into the game-winning score.

Roethlisberger finished 23 of 36 for 237 yards and two touchdowns in his 221st game for the Steelers, passing Hall of Famer Mike Webster for most in franchise history. He threw scoring strikes to tight end Eric Ebron and Smith-Schuster in the first half as Pittsburgh rallied from a 14-3 deficit.

--Field Level Media