Will the Pittsburgh Steelers be able to keep their winning momentum going with a second straight road victory? On Sunday, they’ll face a feisty Houston Texans team. We’ll give you the odds and a prediction for this AFC contest.
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Steelers vs. Texans Betting Lines, Start Time, and More
All odds from DraftKings Sportsbook.
- Spread: Steelers -3
- Moneyline: Steelers (-162); Texans (+136)
- Over/Under: 42
- Game time: 1 p.m. ET
- Location: NRG Stadium
- Channel: CBS
Steelers vs. Texans Prediction
While a deserving favorite in this matchup, the Steelers still have significant questions to answer about their offense. Going up against a rookie quarterback who hasn’t played like a rookie could spell trouble.
C.J. Stroud once again played like a guy who was the second overall pick in this past NFL Draft. He threw two touchdowns in the win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, getting Houston into the win column for the first time. It was his second straight two-touchdown game, and in 121 pass attempts, Stroud still hasn’t thrown an interception.
Last Sunday was Pittsburgh’s best offensive showing yet, and that still resulted in only 333 yards of offense. However, the Steelers did top the 100-yard mark in rushing, had a season-high for passing yards, and did not commit a turnover for the first time this season. Thus, there are some positive signs for the offense going forward.
Kenny Pickett remains a work in progress, although he is coming off his best game of the year — a win over the Las Vegas Raiders. He had season highs in passer rating (108.5), passing yards (235), and touchdown passes (2). Sunday marked the first time in his NFL career that Pickett had multiple touchdown passes in a game.
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Pittsburgh, though, does have a bit of a controversy at the running back spot. Second-year back Jaylen Warren has performed well, pushing starter Najee Harris for snaps. Harris is yet to have 20 carries in a game this season, something he did five times a season ago.
On the other sideline, the Houston defense is hardly impressive. They only allowed 17 points on the Jaguars’ home turf, so credit where it’s due, I suppose. I’m not particularly optimistic about the consistency of this unit.
The total yards allowed by Houston has been climbing each week. In Week 3, the Texans allowed 404 yards. They also have not recorded a sack in two straight games and opponents are averaging nearly five yards a carry (4.8) on Houston over the last two games.
It may be necessary to note that the schedule is possibly working against Pittsburgh. The Steelers are 1-3 in their last four games when they play the second of two consecutive road games.
Houston’s performance on the road last week should have the home crowd excited for this matchup. The inconsistency of the Steelers is why I’m suggesting taking the Texans on the moneyline for this game. I think Houston can win outright.
Best Bet: Texans on the Moneyline (+136 at DraftKings SportsBook)