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NFL Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) at Houston Texans (1-2)

STADIUM: NRG Stadium
REFEREE: Bill Vinovich

DATE: Sunday, October 1, 2023
GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET
CBS: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta, Amanda Renner
SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) PIT: 119 or 387 HOU: 158 or 228

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY – REG. SEASON: PIT leads series, 5-2 (won past 3)

THE LAST TIME …REG. SEASON: 9/27/20: HOU 21 at PIT 28

HEAD COACHES NOTES:

Mike Tomlin vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 4-1 Reg. Season: 165-94-2 (.636) Postseason: 8-9 (.471)

DeMeco Ryans vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 0-0 Reg. Season: 1-2 (.333) Postseason: 0-0

PITTSBURGH STEELERS NOTES:

  • QB KENNY PICKETT completed 16 of 28 atts. (57.1 pct.) & set season highs in pass yards (235), TD passes (2) & rating (108.5) last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 0 INTs.
  • RB NAJEE HARRIS led team with season-best 65 rush yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 65+ rush yards.
  • RB JAYLEN WARREN had 52 scrimmage yards (29 rush, 23 rec.) last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards.
  • WR GEORGE PICKENS aims for 3rd in row with 75+ rec. yards. Has 4+ catches in each of 1st 3 games of season.
  • WR ALLEN ROBINSON has 4+ catches in 2 of 3 games this season. Had 9 catches for 123 yards & TD in his last game vs. Hou. (12/13/20 w/ Chi.). Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC South with 7+ catches & 80+ rec. yards.
  • WR CALVIN AUSTIN had 72-yard TD catch last week, longest TD catch in NFL this season & 1st-career rec. TD.
  • TE PAT FREIERMUTH had 41 rec. yards & 2nd TD catch of season in Week 3. Is 1 of 5 TEs with 2 rec. TDs this season.
  • LB T.J. WATT had 2 sacks last week. Has sack in each of 1st 3 games of season & is only player in NFL with 2+ sacks in multiple games. Aims for his 6th in row with 0.5+ sacks. Has FR & PD in 2 of past 3. Had 2 TFL & sack in last meeting. Leads NFL with 6 sacks, his 6th-career season with 6+ sacks.
  • S MINKAH FITZPATRICK led team with season-high 11 tackles in Week 3. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road.
  • CB PATRICK PETERSON had 35th-career INT last week, most among active players. Aims for his 5th in row with PD. Had 3 PD & INT in his last game vs. Hou. (11/19/17 w/ Ari.).
  • CB LEVI WALLACE had 6 tackles, career-high 4 PD & 2 INTs last week, 1st-career 2-INT game. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles.

HOUSTON TEXANS NOTES:

  • QB C.J. STROUD (rookie) completed 20 of 30 atts. (66.7 pct.) for 280 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with career-high 118.8 rating last week. Ranks 5th in NFL with 906 pass yards, 3rd-most ever by player in 1st 3 career games. Is 4th QB all-time with 200+ pass yards & 0 INTs in each of 1st 3 career games. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating.
  • RB DAMEON PIERCE had season-high 59 scrimmage yards (31 rush, 28 rec.) & 1st rush TD of season last week.
  • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had season-best 41 rush yards last week. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 4 career games vs. Pit.
  • WR TANK DELL had 5 catches for 145 yards & TD last week, most rec. yards ever by Hou. rookie in a single game. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches, 70+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Ties for lead among rookies with 2 rec. TDs & ranks 2nd with 251 rec. yards.
  • WR NICO COLLINS has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD catch.
  • WR ROBERT WOODS has 6 catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 games this season. Had 7 catches for 95 yards in his last game vs. Pit. (11/10/19 w/ LAR).
  • TE BREVIN JORDAN had 1st TD catch of season last week.
  • LB BLAKE CASHMAN had 5 tackles, 2 PD, FR & 1st-career INT last week, 1 of 5 players this season with INT & FR in a game.
  • LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had INT in his last game vs. Pit. (12/24/22 w/ LV). Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. Pit.
  • LB HENRY TO’OTO’O (rookie) had 10 tackles & PD last week.
  • DE JERRY HUGHES had TFL in Week 3.
  • CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN tied for team lead with 10 tackles last week, his 3rd-career game with 10+ tackles.
  • S ERIC MURRAY had 5 tackles & 2nd-career FF in Week 3.
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