Date: October 1st, 2023
Time: 1:00 ET
Location: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
The Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) and Houston Texans (1-2) will face off in a Week 4 AFC matchup on Sunday, October 1st at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Both teams are coming off wins in Week 3, and this game could be a key one for both teams if they want to stay in the playoff race.
Pittsburg Steelers’ Past Games
The Steelers are coming off a 23-18 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 3. Rookie Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett had one of the best games of his young career, throwing for 207 yards and two touchdowns. The Steelers’ defense also played well, holding the Raiders to just 18 points.
The Steelers’ offense has been inconsistent so far this season. They have a number of talented playmakers, including Najee Harris, Diontae Johnson, and George Pickens. However, they have also struggled to protect the ball, and Pickett has thrown four interceptions in three games.
The Steelers’ defense has been one of the best in the NFL so far this season. They are led by T.J. Watt, who is one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. The Steelers also have a number of other talented players on defense, including Minkah Fitzpatrick, Cam Heyward, and Alex Highsmith.
Houston Texans’ Past Games
The Texans are coming off a 37-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3. Rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud played well, throwing for 283 yards and three touchdowns. The Texans’ defense also played well, holding the Jaguars to just 17 points.
Meanwhile, the Texans’ offense has been a surprise so far this season. They have a number of talented playmakers, including Brandin Cooks, Dameon Pierce, and Brevin Jordan. However, they have also struggled to protect the ball, and Stroud has thrown six interceptions in three games.
The Texans’ defense has been improved this season, but they are still one of the worst defenses in the NFL. They are allowing over 27 points per game, which is the ninth-most in the league. The Texans also have a number of injuries on defense, which could make them even more vulnerable against the Steelers’ offense.
Key Matchups Steelers vs. Texans
- Kenny Pickett vs. C.J. Stroud: Pickett and Stroud are two of the most talented young quarterbacks in the NFL. This matchup could be a turning point in the game. If Pickett can play well and lead the Steelers to victory, he could solidify his spot as the Steelers’ starting quarterback for the rest of the season. If Stroud can play well and lead the Texans to victory, he could help the Texans stay in the playoff race.
- Najee Harris vs. Dameon Pierce: Harris and Pierce are two of the best young running backs in the NFL. This matchup could be a key factor in the outcome of the game. If Harris can have a big day on the ground, it could open up the passing game for Pickett. However, if Pierce can limit Harris’ production, it could put even more pressure on Pickett to make plays.
- Steelers Offensive Line vs. Texans Defensive Line: The Steelers offensive line has been struggling this season, and the Texans defensive line has been one of the best in the NFL. If the Texans can get pressure on Pickett, it could force him into mistakes. However, if the Steeler’s offensive line can give Pickett time to throw, he could have a big day against the Texans’ secondary.
The Steelers have won the last five meetings between the two teams. They also have a good record against the Texans at NRG Stadium, winning eight of their last nine games.
On the other hand, the Texans are coming off a bye week, which could give them an edge in terms of preparation. Yet, the Steelers are coming off a long road trip, which could give the Texans an edge in terms of fatigue.
Steelers vs. Texans Game Prediction
In conclusion, this is a tough game to pick, as both teams are evenly matched. However, I think the Steelers have a slight edge because of their experience and their defense. Furthermore, I predict the Steelers will win a close game, 24-21.
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