Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Houston Texans GameDay, TV/Radio, And Preview


The Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) seek to get over the .500 mark and claim their fourth victory on Monday night as they host the Houston Texans (3-3) at Heinz Field.

Both teams want to escape the chains of mediocrity. Outside of their victory over Cleveland in Week 1 to start the season 1-0, the Black and Gold have not been above .500 since December of 2012. While the crew from Houston finished with the worst record in the National Football League last season at 2-14.

The two squads are coming off losses from last week, as Pittsburgh fell to the Browns in Cleveland 31-10 while the Texans were beaten by the Indianapolis Colts 33-28 in Houston.

When: Monday, Oct. 20

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: Heinz Field

Playing Surface: Natural Grass

Series History: Began in 2002

Overall Series: Tied at 2-2

Last Meeting in Houston: Oct 2, 2011 – Texans won 17-10 at Reliant Stadium

Last Meeting in Pittsburgh: Sept. 7, 2008 – Steelers won 38-17 at Heinz Field

Television: ESPN

Announcers: Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden with Lisa Salters on the sideline

Radio: WDVE 102.5 FM / WBGG 970 AM – Steelers Radio Network

Announcers: Bill Hillgrove and Tunch Ilkin with Craig Wolfley on the sideline

Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 226, XM Channel 824

Spanish Radio: Available on Steelers.com (http://www.steelers.com/espanol.)

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket (http://nflst.directv.com/DTVAPP/nflws/index.jsp)

Audio Stream: NFL Audio Pass (https://audiopass.nfl.com/)

Odds: Steelers -3.5 per Bovada Online Sportsbook. The Over/Under is at 45.

Weather Channel Online Forecast: Cloudy with a 60 percent chance of showers and the temperature in the low 50’s.

If Pittsburgh can make effective use of its ground game, they should be able to open up the passing attack and manage the game clock against the Texans. Le’Veon Bell ranks second in the league in scrimmage yards with 793 and rushing yards with 542. Last week in Cleveland, the 6-foot-1, 244-pound running back had 82 yards on 18 carries and four receptions for 23 yards.

Dick LeBeau‘s crew has sacked quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick 10 times in three previous meetings. Defensive ends Cameron Heyward and Brett Keisel have 21 quarterback pressures this season.

Injuries for the Steelers: Out – Steve McLendon, Shamarko Thomas, and Ike Taylor. Questionable – Ryan Shazier. Probable – Brett Keisel, Michael Mitchell, Troy Polamalu, Cameron Heyward, and Will Johnson.

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On the other sideline, Arian Foster has 644 scrimmage yards which is good for fourth in the NFL and 513 rushing yards which ranks third. The 6-foot-1, 227-pound former Tennessee Vol has four touchdowns over the last two weeks and at least 100 yards in four of five games this season.

The Steelers offensive line will have their hands full with defensive end J.J. Watt, who leads the Houston defense with four sacks while linebacker Brian Cushing is back in Pro Bowl form as he checks in with 30 solo tackles and has assisted on 19 more stops for a total of 49 in addition to one sack.

Injuries for the Texans: Out – Cornerback Darryl Morris. Questionable – linebackers Jadeveon Clowney and Mike Mohamed. Probable – running back Arian Foster, wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson, offensive linemen Brandon Brooks, Chris Myers, and Derek Newton, defensive linemen Tim Jamison and J.J. Watt, linebackers Brooks Reed, Jeff Tarpinian, and Brian Cushing, and cornerback Johnathan Joseph.

Up Next: The middle contest of this three-game homestand is set for Sunday, Oct. 26 as the Black and Gold host the Indianapolis Colts (5-2) at Heinz Field. Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on CBS.