Week 3 writers picks: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Houston Texans

Joe Haden #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Joe Haden #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

Our team of writers at Still Curtain return with another set of predictions as the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) are set to take on the Houston Texans (0-2).

Much like the Pittsburgh Steelers, our team of writers at the Still Curtain are off to a blazing start. Collectively only one has lost among the group that has participated. Perhaps this is because the challenge of the New York Giants and Denver Broncos wasn’t enough to create a division of thought.

Although the stigma that Pittsburgh plays down to their level of competition needs to be kept in mind, we still have given them our faith in the predictions, currently sitting at 18-1. Facing up against the Houston Texans in Week 3, history tells us that Pittsburgh typically doesn’t struggle in this matchup, but the added element QB Deshaun Watson has some thinking this will be a nail-biter on Sunday.

Writers Recap

It was only the start of the season, but so far the journey appeared blissful. Starting off with perfect predictions across the board, however, one prediction that Pittsburgh would fall short to the Broncos last week caused a rift in the Still Curtain’s flawless record but this was bound to happen at one point.

Still Curtain’s 2020 Records

Christian Brown (2-0)

Eric Hassel (2-0)

Ed Hunt (2-0)

Andrew Falce (1-1)

Tommy Jaggi (2-0)

Brandon Kring (2-0)

Jordan Newman (2-0)

Ryan Pawloski (2-0)

Casey Sadekoski (2-0)

Steelers Week 3 Predictions vs. Texans

“Pittsburgh came away with a game that went back and forth throughout in Week 2. Expect a big game for the tight end group.” Christian Brown (Steelers 34-27)

“The Steelers offense is slow to get going against the Texans D, but we finally get the running game on track.  Pittsburgh’s defense has trouble containing Watson, but, in the end, we put it all together and squeak by the Texans.” Eric Hassel (Steelers 24-21)

“Pittsburgh will once again be at home against DeShaun Watson’s squad. The Black & Gold will win this one because they’re the better team all around but Watson’s arm and legs will keep them in it.” Ed Hunt (Steelers 24-20)

“Roethlisberger has a day throwing over 400 yards and 4 scores. McFarland takes his first carry to the house as well. Houston keeps it interesting but Pittsburgh prevails.” Andrew Falce (Steelers 41-31)

“The Steelers are looking to continue an impressive start to the season by striking together their third straight win; this time against the Houston Texans. Led by T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh’s defense has been firing on all cylinders, but they are tasked with facing one of the best quarterbacks in the league this week in Deshaun Watson. They will need to be careful not to get over-aggressive and have the star QB beat them down the field. I have the Steelers scoring 26 for the third straight game in a Week 3 victory, but this contest could be a nail-biter.” Tommy Jaggi (Steelers 26-23)

“Pittsburgh’s offense is starting to click and the run game has a chance to go against a bad rush defense through two weeks. The defense bends but doesn’t break and this team will come out of a close one 3-0.” Brandon Kring (Steelers 28-21)

”The talent of Deshaun Watson against this talented defensive line will be the tale of the tape, but vaunted on their end, Pittsburgh’s front four will be too much for him to handle all game. Steelers deal with less stress than they did against Denver on offense, and continue to stabilize. They pull this one out to advance to 3-0.” Jordan Newman (Steelers 27-17)

“This will be Pittsburgh’s toughest game yet and it will have to be their most complete in order to secure a win. The key will be containing Deshaun Watson and keeping him off the field.” Ryan Pawloski (Steelers 28-24)

“Deshaun Watson and the deep ball are going to be a factor against the Texans. I think the Steelers pull out the close win.” Casey Sadekoski (Steelers 30-24)

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The Still Curtain writers have a chance to advance their already impressive record to 26-1 with a Pittsburgh win on Sunday. All writers are on the same page this week. Let’s hope Mike Tomlin in his crew deliver a second-consecutive victory at home against Deshaun Watson and the Texans.