Pittsburgh appears to be rounding into form after an ugly Week 1 loss to San Francisco, but oddsmakers don’t seem to be sold just yet.
The Steelers (2-1) open Week 4 as just 3.5-point favorites (-170 moneyline odds) at the Texans (1-2) – a team with the second-worst odds to win the Super Bowl in the entire NFL.
Steelers vs Texans Week 4 Opening Odds
Pittsburgh has won as an underdog in each of its last two games and will be listed as a favorite for the first time this season in Week 4.
It’s not as if there’s no reason to believe in Houston coming off an impressive 37-17 win over the Jaguars, but it’s clear that Pittsburgh has the upper-hand here.
Houston is riddled with injuries to some of its most important players, including star left tackle Laremy Tunsil, cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., middle linebacker Denzel Perryman and free safety Jalen Pitre.
One reason to be nervous picking against Houston this season is its rookie connection of CJ Stroud and Tank Dell.
Stroud and Dell have connected for over 200 yards and two touchdowns in the past two weeks alone and could keep the Texans within reach against Pittsburgh.
However, Pittsburgh is leading the NFL with 4.3 sacks per game while a suspect Texans O-line has allowed 3.7 sacks per game (25th in the NFL).
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