Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers Free NFL Picks & Week 7 Odds
by Tony Sink - 10/15/2014
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 8:30 PM on ESPN
Heinz Field in Pittsburgh
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The Houston Texans (3-3) will try to snap their current two-game losing streak on Monday night when they visit the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3).
The Texans gave up 24 first-quarter points to the Indianapolis Colts last Thursday and ended up losing 33-28. Their defense gave up 456 yards in the losing effort while their offense could only muster 196 passing yards.
The Texans have struggled to score this season, but their defense has done well to hold opponents to just 20 points per game, which is fourth-best in the league. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has a low 86.1 passer rating this season and he has thrown for 1,268 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions. Running back Arian Foster has 513 yards with five touchdowns and is averaging 4.8 yards per carry.
Against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the Steelers were down 21-3 at the half and ended up taking a 31-10 loss. They had 359 offensive yards in that game, but they were just 6-for-16 on their third down chances.
Through six games, the Steelers are sixth in the NFL with 396.5 passing yards per game, but they have only been able to score 20.7 points per game. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 1,593 yards this season with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Roethlisberger's top target has been veteran Antonio Brown, who has 41 receptions for 629 yards and five scores.
Houston Texans Betting Trends
Houston Texans are 4-2-0 Against the Spread
Houston Texans are 3-3-0 against the Over/Under
Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-4-0 Against the Spread
Pittsburgh Steelers are 3-3-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
10/09/14 G Brandon Brooks Ankle "?"
10/09/14 DB Darryl Morris Ankle "?"
09/24/14 DT Louis Nix III Wrist IR
09/08/14 LB Jadeveon Clowney Knee out indefinitely
09/04/14 WR Alan Bonner Foot IR
09/04/14 G Cody White Achilles IR
09/04/14 T David Quessenberry Illness out for season
09/04/14 S Lonnie Ballentine Undisclosed IR
09/04/14 T Will Yeatman Undisclosed IR
10/13/14 NT Steve McLendon Shoulder "?" Monday vs. Houston
10/12/14 DE Brett Keisel Knee injured last game, "?" Monday vs. Houston
10/12/14 LB Ryan Shazier Knee "?" Monday vs. Houston
10/12/14 S Shamarko Thomas Hamstring "?" Monday vs. Houston
09/23/14 LB Jarvis Jones Wrist IR - designated return
09/22/14 CB Ike Taylor Arm out indefinitely
09/04/14 LB Jordan Zumwalt Groin IR
Tony's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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