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

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Pressure is going to be key vs Texans

While the Pittsburgh Steelers shot out of the gate the first two weeks of 2020, tallying 10 sacks on the season, Deshaun Watson is going to be a different kind of QB than Pittsburgh has faced so far this year. Drew Lock was doing well at making defenders miss in the backfield while trying to make plays. He unfortunately left Week 2 early with an injury and the Steelers would create 6 more sacks. They will have to be more disciplined when coming after Watson knowing that he is much faster and more elusive than Daniel Jones and Jeff Driskel.

While Patrick Maholmes has been the most successful quarterback of their draft class, Deshaun Watson was breaking NFL records before an injury would cut his rookie season short. It is worth noting that while dealing with a poor offensive line, and no reliable weapons (excluding DeAndre Hopkins) Watson was putting on quite the showing in his rookie year. He continued his record-breaking play in 2019.

If his situation improves, he could end up being the face of the NFL. His talent is scary and the Steelers will have to remain balanced when they bring pressure. They have to keep him inside the pocket and contained. Furthermore, Tyson Alualu is going to have to continue to generate pressure from the inside. The secondary for the Black and Gold will have to be on their game and give this talented front seven time to get after Watson. They will not be able to bring him down just trying to trip him up at the ankles.

Watson is one of the best players in the league, and being  a quarterback always makes it an incredibly tough match up. With the talent that his offense is lacking otherwise, the Steelers should be able to handle him by bringing a lot of pressure, and not giving him a chance to dance around outside of the pocket.