4 things fans must know about Steelers Week 3 matchup vs. Texans

Cameron Heyward #97 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are all set for their Week 3 matchup at home against the Houston Texans. Here’s what all fans must know for the game.

While the Pittsburgh Steelers are on the verge of starting 3-0 for the first time since 2010 (their last super bowl appearance), the Texans are still searching for their first win of the season. Houston unfortunately started their season against the Chiefs in Week 1, and the Ravens in Week 2. While this is the first time they are playing against a team who didn’t qualify for a post-season bye week in the 2019 postseason, it is yet again a tough matchup for them in Pittsburgh.

This is the most complete team the Steelers have faced yet in terms of injuries and opt-outs. The Texans only had one player opt-out of the 2020 season due to COVID, per Sporting News. The Broncos had 2 and the Giants had 3. Houston only has 3 players listed on their injury report heading into Week 3 and none of them are starting on the depth chart for their respective positions.

While the Texans traded away DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals in the offseason, they have the luxury of continuity that the other teams Pittsburgh has faced so far this season have not had. While continuity is going to be a huge advantage for teams early in the 2020 season due to COVID-19 and its effect on the preseason, it is not going to be a difference-maker come playoff time.

Week 3 will prove to be pivotal for both teams as the Steelers try to stay atop the AFC and the Texans try to avoid slipping to 0-3 to start the season. Here are four things fans must know prior to Pittsburgh’s Sunday matchup against Houston: