NFL Free Picks: Pittsburgh Steelers vs Houston Texans Prediction 9/27/20
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Houston Texans (0-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Heinz Field)
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 45 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers meet Sunday in week 3 NFL action at Heinz Field.
The Houston Texans need a win here to avoid their second 0-3 start in the last three years. The Houston Texans have split their last eight road games. Deshaun Watson is completing 66.2 percent of his passes for 528 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Watson has one or less touchdown passes in five of his last nine games. Brandin Cooks and Will Fuller V have combined for 227 receiving yards on 15 catches while Jordan Akins has nine receptions. The Houston Texans ground game is averaging 84.5 yards per contest, and David Johnson leads the way with 111 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Houston is allowing 33.5 points and 388 yards per game. Zach Cunningham leads the Houston Texans with 22 tackles, JJ Watt has two sacks and A.J. Moore Jr. has one pass deflection.
The Pittsburgh Steelers look for a win to start 3-0 for the first time since the 2010 NFL season. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won five of their last six home games. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 68.5 percent of his passes for 540 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Roethlisberger has five touchdown passes on his last 135 pass attempts. Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool have combined for 276 receiving yards and two touchdowns while JuJu Smith-Schuster has 13 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 125 yards per contest, and Benny Snell Jr. leads the way with 118 yards on 22 carries. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 18.5 points and 305 yards per game. Devin Bush leads the Pittsburgh Steelers with 14 tackles, TJ Watt has 2.5 sacks and Joe Haden has one interception.
The Texans are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Steelers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Texans last 5 road games. The under is 8-2 in Steelers last 10 games overall. The Texans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The favorite is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The Houston Texans haven't had the easiest schedule in the world with games against the Chiefs and Ravens, but their defense looks awful out of the gate and it doesn't get any easier against a pass happy Steelers squad. The Pittsburgh Steelers have looked good for the most part through two games with Roethlisberger playing some high level football, and their defense has produced 10 sacks already. Based on what we've seen through two games, the Texans are going to have their work cut out for them on both sides of the ball.
I'll lay the chalk with the Steelers, as this should be a rather routine victory for the home team.