5 matchups to watch in Steelers Week 3 game vs. Texans

T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Vince Williams #98 (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Vince Williams #98 (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /
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David DeCastro Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

Steelers secondary vs Texans receivers

The Steelers secondary doesn’t have to worry about DeAndre Hopkins, who was traded to Arizona, but they do have a lot of speed opposite them this week. Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, and Kenny Stills make up a potent trio of speedsters for Houston.

Pittsburgh’s defensive backs must keep everything in front of them this week and limit the big play. Minkah Fitzpatrick over the top helps a lot with this task but speed kills and the Texans have three sprinters in that group. Randall Cobb provides a possession-style veteran receiver to round out their group.

David DeCastro vs Texans interior defensive line

The Steelers get a much-needed boost this week as David DeCastro makes his 2020 debut. He has been injured since a mid-August camp scrimmage in which he injured his knee.

DeCastro is a pro bowl guard and a veteran leader for this team. Kevin Dotson held his own in Week 2 against a stout Denver front-7 but, DeCastro’s return will only make this line better. He needs to get back into a rhythm early against Houston to help the run game especially.

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This week will be the first true test for the 2020 Steelers. The outcome of the game depends mostly on how well they win each matchup, especially Watson and J.J. Watt. If Pittsburgh can keep those two from impacting the game in a big way, they should come out on top and get to 3-0 on the season.