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Texans vs. Steelers 2014: News and updates leading into Week 7

Texans vs. Steelers first half open thread

The Steelers take on the Houston Texans on ESPN's Monday Night Football in Week 7, and you can chat among Steelers fans here on BTSC.

Steelers running D has another shot at redemption

The Steelers defense has proved utterly incapable of stopping their opponents' zone-running scheme, but they have a chance to redeem themselves again the Texans, an opponent who specialises in the zone run

Fantasy Football: Who to start and sit vs. Texans

If you are looking to win your league matchup and need some extra points, the Steelers might have some players you could rely on to give your team a 'W' this week.

Carnell Lake says Cortez Allen has to focus more

Steelers' defensive backs' coach, Carnell Lake, sees potential in Cortez Allen, but also sees the young player's biggest hurdle to be his inability to focus against the league's better receivers.

Season hangs in balance for both Texans & Steelers

Even with the fall leaves changing and the 1st snowfall still a month away, it's not too early to say either club is reaching critical mass when it comes to missing the playoffs. A loss for either team tonight at Heinz will do just that.

5 questions with Battle Red Blog

The equally 3-3 Houston Texans head into Pittsburgh for Monday Night Football. To get a better sense of the competition, we met with Battle Red Blog writer Brett Kollmann for some intel.

2-Minute Drill: Beating Watt & Texans pass rush

On this week's edition of the Steelers 2-Minute Drill, BTSC editor Neal Coolong talks about how the Steelers can beat J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football.

A win for either team would be huge

Two teams took separate routes to get to the same spot over the last two seasons. A win for either team could be a big confidence boost as they both look to get into the heat of a tough AFC playoff race.

Healthy expectations for rookie playing time

Stephon Tuitt will start, it's likely Martavis Bryant and Dan McCullers will be activated, so how many snaps should we expect each player to get?

J.J. Watt vs. Kelvin Beachum and Marcus Gilbert

There is no stopping Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. The only hope for the Steelers' edge protectors is a quick, simple game plan that goes away from him.

5 reasons the Steelers will beat the Texans

The Steelers are 3.5 point favorites heading into this game, and we think the final score will be slanted Pittsburgh's way by more than that.

Texans vs. Steelers on TV, online and radio

The Steelers host the Houston Texans on ESPN's Monday Night Football with both teams sitting at 3-3 and in a critical game in terms of keeping chase in their division.

Monday Night is a great time for Ben to beat Watt

Stage is the biggest, lights are the brightest, no better time for Steelers QB Ben Roehtlisberger to out-duel Texans super-stud DE J.J. Watt.

Injury Report: Clowney questionable Monday night

The Pittsburgh Steelers are a banged up defensive group, but the Texans are dealing with injuries of their own that could impact the game Monday night.

Bryant got NFL logo tattooed on his chest

The Steelers' rookie receiver plans to have the words "fourth round" inscribed below it so he doesn't forget where he started his career. Bryant may be activated for the first time this season when the Steelers take on the Texans Monday night.

Thomas out, Shazier questionable vs. Texans

The Steelers look to get several rookies in on Monday's game against Houston. Ryan Shazier may be one of them, after having missed the last three games but beginning the year as a starter.

Tuitt to start Monday vs. Houston

Tuitt has shown he can hold his own in the NFL, and the team will give him his first NFL start when the Steelers host the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football in Week 7.

Texans fans excited for McCain to start

McCain will square off against his former team Monday, the same franchise that gave him a contract extension in 2011, and to release him in 2014.

Injury Report: Thomas unlikely to play vs. Texans

The Pittsburgh Steelers thought they'd get second year safety Shamarko Thomas back to the lineup on Monday night, but his hamstring injury might keep him out another week.

Harrison: Defensive failures 'on the players'

James Harrison has heard the word soft being used to describe the 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers defense, and he wants to make sure people know the failures are on the players, not the coaches.

Allen benched for McCain vs. Texans

Allen, the recipient of a long-term contract extension this offseason, is replaced by a player who once wilted under the expectations of a similar contract extension.

Rookies likely to play Monday, must practice well

It appears the Steelers will dress their top four draft picks, along with their sixth round pick from this past draft. Just showing up to the cheers of the crowd won't get them anything, it's all about how they practice this week.

Reasons to be concerned heading into Week 7

The powerful but largely one-dimensional Texans pose a challenge in the sense they do what the Steelers have failed to stop so far this season.

Big Ben hints at unused plays for Le'Veon Bell

The Pittsburgh Steelers' red zone offense has been an issue this season, and today Ben Roethlisberger hinted at unused plays and formations for Le'Veon Bell that could help improve the Steelers' offensive production.

Injury Report: Shazier & Shamarko limited Thursday

Ryan Shazier is working his way back to the lineup, and the Steelers could benefit from his services as the team prepares for the Houston Texans on Monday night.

Expert Picks: Steelers vs. Texans

The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Houston Texans at Heinz Field on Monday Night Football, and the Steelers are shockingly favored to win this game. See who the experts are taking in this Monday night matchup.

Shazier showing positive signs of possible return

The Steelers defense needs a spark, and that spark could be rookie Ryan Shazier. Shazier has missed the last 3 games with a knee injury, but was back on the practice field Wednesday with the starting defense.

Tomlin not ripping Haley, just everything he does

Carefully and well-chosen words were used by Steelers coach Mike Tomlin at his press conference Tuesday. He didn't call out offensive coordinator Todd Haley directly, but he may as well have.

The Standard is The Standard: Time to panic?

Breaking down the upcoming game against the Houston Texans on BTSC's weekly podcast The Standard is The Standard.

Key to stopping Texans run game is rested DL

Arian Foster is the engine of the Texans' offensive machine. The Steelers, with a banged up defensive line, will have to get solid, fundamental performances from their defense to hold them off.

Playing out a two-minute scenario vs. Texans

Steelers are down six with two minutes left in the game. With 70 yards to go, here's the play-by-play on what happens next.

McCullers: 'Good chance' his NFL debut is on MNF

Steve McLendon's shoulder injury will have major ramifications along the defensive line. One of those ramifications very well could be the debut of rookie nose tackle Daniel McCullers.

Cam Thomas is the anti-Watt of the NFL

Thomas will likely be the team’s starting nose tackle when the Steelers host the Houston Texans Monday in Week 7. His play at defensive end so far this season has been decidedly un-Watt-like, to put it mildly.

Steelers four point favorites over Texans

The Steelers, fresh off a huge defeat, are four-point favorites over the visiting Texans.

Which Texans player you Watt-um-want on Steelers?

Is there really even a question here? We may as well ask it anyway.

Ryan Shazier could return vs. the Texans

Pittsburgh Steelers' rookie ILB Ryan Shazier could return to the lineup Monday night vs. the Houston Texans.