3 early games the Steelers could lose without preseason preparations

Tommy Jaggi
Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Week3: Steelers vs. Texans

In Week 3, the Steelers get the Houston Texans at home – a game they would likely be favored to win 9 times out of 10. However, if Pittsburgh gets off to a slow start this year, oddsmakers could end up calling this game a pick’em at Heinz Field.

There is no question that the Steelers currently possess the more talented roster, and Keith Bulter’s defense was fantastic in 2019. Sadly, that defense didn’t show up early last season and there’s no evidence to suggest they won’t have a slow start again in 2020.

In addition, it’s fair to say that quarterback Deshaun Watson has been playing at close to a top-five level for a few years now. In a game where most of the team might look sloppy, I would not be surprised at all to see Watson outplay Ben Roethlisberger. The aging Steelers quarterback will still likely be searching for his rhythm early in the season.

The Steelers should finish as a better team than the Texans this year, but even against an inferior opponent early in the season, there is some reason to fear this game.