Some might think this game is a slam dunk, and in past years a large amount of doubt would creep into the minds of black-and-gold faithful around the globe. After all, Mike Tomlin teams usually struggle on the road against losing teams, but 2017 has been different. While the Steelers haven’t blown the doors off the opposition this season, they have been winning the close games against sub-par teams.
There are those who will never trust this team against mediocre competition, especially on the road, but the Steelers play well in games which mean something. After the Week 15 loss to the Patriots, all was not lost. After the Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the 49ers on Christmas Eve, there is plenty for the Steelers to play for on Christmas Day.
A win vs. the Texans and the Steelers secure the No. 2 seed, at worst, and a first round bye heading into the final week of the regular season. With Antonio Brown on the mend, this would be huge news for the Steelers to not have to play on Wild Card Weekend for the first time since 2010.
Throw in the fact the Steelers should be able to dominate the Texans in every possible category, and this game should be one where Pittsburgh leaves with the win, advancing their record to 12-3. The game may be close early, as usual, but expect a big performance from Le’Veon Bell and Ben Roethlisberger to catapult the team to victory.
I’ll take the Steelers winning in a big way...
Steelers - 31
Texans - 17