Sports Minute: Steelers eye 3-0 start while Texans look to avoid 0-3 hole
HOUSTON (0-2) at PITTSBURGH (2-0)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE - Steelers by 6
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Texans 0-2; Steelers 1-1
SERIES RECORD - Steelers lead 4-2
LAST MEETING - Steelers defeated Texans 34-6 on Dec. 25, 2017 in Houston
LAST WEEK’S RESULT: Texans lost to Ravens 33-16; Steelers beat Broncos 26-21
AP PRO32 RANKING - Texans No. 21, Steelers No. 6.
TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (30), PASS (16).
TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (31), PASS (3).
STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (14), PASS (10).
STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (1), PASS (14).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — This is the second time in three seasons that the Texans have opened the season 0-2. The Steelers are looking for their first 3-0 start since 2010. ... This game is just second since 1927 to feature three brothers on the field at the same time: Houston DE J.J. Watt, Steelers LB T.J. Watt and Steelers FB Derek Watt. ... J.J. Watt had two sacks last week and needs two more to become the first player in franchise history to reach 100 career sacks. He had a sack and recovered a fumble in his last game against the Steelers in 2014. ... RB David Johnson needs one TD to become the first player since Thurman Thomas in 1993 to have 35 rushing touchdowns and 15 receiving touchdowns in his first six seasons. ... WR Brandin Cooks had five catches and led the team with 95 yards receiving last week. ... WR Kenny Stills had five receptions for 162 yards and a touchdown in his only game against Pittsburgh in 2014. ... TE Darren Fells had a touchdown catch last week and his seven TD receptions since 2019 are third most among tight ends. ... LB Whitney Mercilus had two sacks and forced a fumble in his last meeting with Pittsburgh. ... LB Zach Cunningham had a sack and led the team with 15 tackles last week. ... Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will appear in franchise-record 221st game, breaking tie with Hall of Fame center Mike Webster. ... Roethlisberger's two TD passes against Denver gave him 368 in his career, moving him into eighth all-time. ... Pittsburgh WR JuJu Smith-Schuster became youngest player in NFL history with 200 career receptions. ... Steelers rookie WR Chase Claypool's 84-yard touchdown reception vs. Broncos is longest play from scrimmage by a Canadian-born player. ... Pittsburgh Pro Bowl RG David DeCastro expected to return after missing the first two games with left knee injury. ... Steelers LB T.J. Watt has at least half a sack in 14 of his last 15 games at Heinz Field. ... Pittsburgh's 19 QB hits last week vs. Denver marked highest single-game total in the NFL since 2017. ... Pittsburgh leads the NFL in tackles for loss (22) and QB hits (27) through two weeks. ... Pittsburgh's streak of 59 consecutive games with at least one sack is tied for fourth longest in NFL history. ... Fantasy tip: The Steelers have had a back go over 100 yards rushing in each of the first two games. James Conner and/or Benny Snell could get plenty of opportunities against 30th-ranked rush defense.
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