Steelers vs Texans: Who the experts are taking in week 3

T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

The Steelers head into week 3 with an undefeated record as they’re set to face off against a talented Houston Texans team. The Texans hold a record of 0-2 but this is the best team the Steelers have faced so far.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have found ways to overcome early-season jitters and rust to defeat the Broncos and Giants. Those two lesser teams created some close moments in their matchups, especially the Broncos game last weekend. Now the Steelers will have to be at their absolute best as they face a talented Texans team. It will not be easy and the mistakes made in the first two games will be even tougher to overcome against the away team. Yes, the Texans are winless but that just makes them even more desperate for success and that makes them dangerous.

Vegas has the Steelers as 5.5 point favorites over this week’s foe. One looking at this game shouldn’t be surprised that the Steelers are favored from what we have seen these past couple weeks. The Steelers have shown the ability to win and that their speedy defense is back, while Houston has shown mental lapses and losses.

The Texans have a playmaker in Deshaun Watson and he will be a big issue even for this talented defense. His ability to escape will be an issue that will need to be contained in the whole game. Their offense does not have the great playmakers since trading away DeAndre Hopkins this past offseason. On the other side of the ball, their front seven is the strong point of the defense. It is much better than the Denver front and could be an issue for the Steelers, especially if the penalty issues occur.

Even though the Texans come here with an extreme hunger for a win, it will be very tough for them to defeat this Pittsburgh defense. The black and yellow have the speed to defend against Watson and his elusiveness and the secondary to cover this less talented receiving core. The home team can win this game if they play a 60-minute football game. They failed to do so last week and it almost cost them the game at the end. If they’re in that situation this time then they’ll lose. Watson is no Jeff Driskel. It will be a fight for the majority of the game and the odds are a very close one.

Prediction: Steelers 28, Texans 24

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Overall the Steelers are the better team when you match them up against the Texans. It will be their toughest test yet this season and if they win it will take a huge effort on every side of the ball.