Steelers hold the Texans to less than 25 rushing yards
Getting a little more specific here, the Texan's offense features a running back who burst onto the scene last year in Damion Pierce. The former fourth-round pick quickly became the starter, and his bruising style took the league by storm. Unfortunately, his second season has been less successful so far.
While the Texans have gotten some good reps out of rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud, forcing him to win the game on his own will be key. Any rookie quarterback benefits from a capable rushing game, as they can have a lot more options when it comes to plays. The Steelers need to eliminate that option this week.
Again, I go back to this rag-tag offensive line this week, and I expect the Steelers defensive line to feast this week. Despite a slower start due to the aforementioned Heyward injury, there are a lot of matchups that favor Pittsburgh this week.
The Steelers come into the game focused on stopping the run, something they have yet to really do this season. It works, and Pierce and the company struggle to get anything going. He is essentially eliminated from the game, forcing the Texans to throw more often. In total, Houston has less than 25 total yards on the ground.