Now that there are two regular season games is in the books for the Pittsburgh Steelers, their identity is starting to surface. Of course, the narrative surrounding concern still exists, but it has shifted to go down different avenues.
The contributors at BTSC have recorded their thoughts and predictions. Let’s see who’s closest to the mark and furthest from reality. Last week BAD came closest to the mark by forecasting a 24-19 Steelers triumph. Who will it be this week?
The Pittsburgh Steelers matchup really well against the Houston Texans. On paper this should be a huge outing for our defense, one of record breaking magnitude. That being said Deshaun Watson is a magician under center, and J.J. Watt will be a man on a mission. This comes down to the Steelers ability to take Watson down, and I think they will do it.
Steelers 24, Texans 13
The only thing that worries me about this game is J.J. Watt. He’s having a great start to the season, and while people want to count him out due to age and injury history, remember that the older Watt brother is 45 days older than Cam Heyward, there’s still gas left in that tank. Every other matchup is set up for the Steelers to win. Houston doesn’t have the quality of safeties the Steelers faced in weeks 1 and 2, and their offensive scheme plays to the strengths the Steelers secondary showed in 2019. At some point the Steelers are going to lose a game they should win on paper, but it is not this week.
Steelers 31, Texans 17
Bryan Anthony Davis
The Steelers should win this game, but I’m picturing a letdown. It’s not that I don’t believe in this team, but there’s always that game that surprises everyone. I think this is it.
Texans 30, Steelers 24
I started following the Steelers in 2003, the year before Ben Roethlisberger was drafted. Over 17 seasons later, Ben is still under center and has another chance at winning a Lombardi. I believe this is the game for Ben to show Steelers fans that he is truly back, and most importantly show the rest of the NFL that the Steelers mean business. The Texans will be no pushover, however, this is a great test for the Steelers. Ben will throw for 221 yards and 3 Touchdowns, in his 221st game for the Steelers.
Steelers 38, Texans 23
As cliched as it may be to say, the keys to the Steelers defeating Houston on Sunday begin with stopping DeShaun Watson and end with slowing down J.J. Watt. I don’t know why, but I get the feeling Pittsburgh won’t do enough of either in this Week 3 match-up at Heinz Field that will again include no fans. The Texans remind me of a college team that came into the season ranked in the top 10 but lost to a couple of top five opponents to start the year. Facing a Steelers squad that is currently ranked 23rd in the latest AP poll will feel like a breeze by comparison.
Texans 27, Steelers 17
I don’t necessarily think this game will be as easy as many are predicting. Could the Steelers’ defense dominate Deshaun Watson and company? Absolutely, but there is also the chance this turns into a shootout. Can the Steelers win that type of game? Will the offense be up to the challenge? I think the can, and I think they will. I predict the Steelers’ offense will eclipse the 30 point plateau for the first time since 2018 as they stay perfect with a 3-0 record.
Steelers 31, Texans 23
Head says loss, heart says win. I agree with Mike Tomlin, the Houston Texans are much better than their record suggests and must be respected. Last week, the Steelers showed they may finally be starting to buck the trend of losing to inferior opponents (or at least that they have the mettle to pull-through for a close win). In Week 3, it’s time for Stephon Tuitt to show he’s more than just injury-prone and Eric Ebron to win fans over with a touchdown, either result will help secure a Steelers victory. Bring on the Watt Bowl, can’t wait!
Steelers 31, Texans 27
There are so many different ways this game could go on Sunday. It could be sloppy on both sides and high scoring. It could be very tight but still a lot of points put on the board. Or perhaps the defenses are what show up and it’s a low-scoring affair. I really don’t know which way to go so I’ll pick something in the middle. But unless things go all the right ways for the Texans and all the wrong ways for the Steelers, I see the Steelers coming out on top.
Steelers 27, Texans 17
This will be a desperate Texans team as they try to avoid a season-killing 0-3 start. That, and the talent they possess on offense, makes them dangerous. But the Steelers survived a mediocre effort last week in what felt like their inevitable loss to an inferior opponent. I sense a much stronger performance on on Sunday, especially from the offense. Pittsburgh gets to 3-0 for the first time since 2010.
Steelers 31, Texans 20
This game causes me great concern if I am being honest. Going 0-3 is usually the proverbial nail in the coffin for any playoff contender, and Texans standouts Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt will go all out to not let that happen. With that being said, I believe the Steelers to be the far more talented team overall with too many playmakers on both sides of the ball for the overmatched Texans to deal with. I expect an uncomfortably close game, with Ben Roethlisberger engineering another late game winning drive in hurry up fashion.
Steelers 31 Texans 28
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