3 critical keys for Steelers defense vs. C.J. Stroud and the Texans today

Steelers must do these three things effectively to come away with a victory on the road today.
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Show no mercy on the edge

I've mentioned the banged-up offensive line for Houston already. Laremy Tunsil and Josh Jones are out at left tackle. Austin Deculus, a second-year tackle signed this week, will get the start at left tackle. Alex Highsmith will look to put him in the spin cycle and boost his sack numbers this week.

TJ Watt will be matched up with George Fant, a seven-year pro in his first season with Houston. He's been marginal at best throughout his career and will need all the help he can get against the NFL's sack leader.

Stroud has already eaten the turf 11 times this season and has fumbled three times as a result, two of which he lost. Stroud may not have thrown an interception just yet, but he is invulnerable to strip sacks.

The Steelers create pressure about as well as any team in the league and should be able to confuse the young quarterback on enough occasions to create havoc. On the reps that Stroud is comfortable with what he sees, Pittsburgh's elite pass-rushing duo may win on might alone.

Houston would be wise to get the ball out of Stroud's hands quickly, especially if the rushing attack continues to be futile.