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Christmas Day preview: Steelers vs. Texans

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

On Christmas Day, the Pittsburgh Steelers faces the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. The game will kick off at 4:30 pm on NBC in Houston, Texas.

The Steelers come into this game with an 11-3 record. The Texans are 4-10 this season.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell rushing the ball against the New England Patriots (Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell rushing the ball against the New England Patriots (Getty Images)

This matchup before the season was supposed to feature the Watt brothers. However, T.J. Watt will play for the Steelers; however, J.J. Watt, his older brother, is sidelined with an injury.

According to Consensus Analysis, the Steelers have a 66% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives the Steelers a 55% chance to win this game.

This is the sixth all-time meeting between the two teams. This will be their first meeting in three-years, as the Steelers won 30-23 on October 20th, 2014.

Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 3-2. Houston has not won a game in this series since October 2nd, 2011 when they won 17-10.

The Steelers lost their first game in two months last week when they lost 27-24 to the New England Patriots in a questionable ending. Pittsburgh has not won a game since December 10th, 2017 when they defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 39-38.

The Texans have lost four straight games. They have not won a game since November 19th, 20017 when they defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 31-21.

Pittsburgh is averaging 24.6 points per game. Houston is averaging 22.8 points per game.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has gone 340 of 532 for 4,025 passing yards. He also has 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Le’Veon Bell leads the running backs with 307 carries for 1,222 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Antonio Brown — who will miss this game after suffering a calf injury last week — leads the receivers with 101 receptions for 1,533 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson — who is also out with a torn ACL suffered in November — has gone 126 of 204 for 1,699 passing yards. He also had 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

T.J. Yates is slated to be the Texans starter after Tom Savage went on injured reserve this week. He started in Week 16, a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, his first start since the 2015 season with the Texans.

Lamar Miller leads the running backs with 220 carries for 796 rushing yards and three touchdowns. DeAndre Hopkins leads the receivers with 92 receptions for 1,313 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.


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