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Steelers-Texans Capsule

December 21, 2017

PITTSBURGH (11-3) at HOUSTON (4-10)

Monday, 4:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NFL Network/Amazon

OPENING LINE - Steelers by 7 ½

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Pittsburgh 6-8, Houston 7-7

SERIES RECORD - Steelers lead 3-2

LAST MEETING - Steelers beat Texans 30-23, Oct. 20, 2014

LAST WEEK - Steelers lost to Patriots 27-24; Texans lost to Jaguars 45-7

AP PRO32 RANKING - Steelers No. 2, Texans No. 27

STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (21), PASS (2)

STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (8), PASS (5)

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (15), PASS (18)

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (10), PASS (27)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Steelers have won three of last four over Texans. ... Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger has six touchdown passes and one interception in four career games against Houston. ... WR Antonio Brown, who leads NFL with 1,533 yards receiving, will miss Monday’s game with left calf injury. ... RB Le’Veon Bell leads NFL with 1,222 yards rushing. ... Rookie WR JuJu Smith-Schuster had six catches for 114 yards receiving last week, is third among rookies with five TD catches. ... WR Martavis Bryant had touchdown reception last week. ... LB Vince Williams had first career interception vs. New England. ... S Sean Davis has had 10 or more tackles in two straight games. ... DE Cameron Heyward has five sacks in past five games combined. Heyward has career-high 10 this season. ... LB Bud Dupree has sack in two of last three games. ... Rookie LB T.J. Watt is second among rookies with six sacks. ... DE Tyson Alualu forced fumble in last game against Texans last season while with Jaguars. ... Houston has lost four straight and seven of eight. ... QB T.J. Yates will make second straight start with Tom Savage out with concussion. ... RB Alfred Blue had touchdown catch in last game against Steelers. ... WR Will Fuller has five TD receptions combined in last five home games. ... DE Jadeveon Clowney is second in NFL with 20 tackles for losses and has career-high nine sacks. ... LB Bernardrick McKinney has five tackles for losses combined in last six home games. ... Rookie LB Zach Cunningham has three tackles for losses and 1½ sacks in last three games combined. ... CB Johnathan Joseph is one of two active players with 25 or more career interceptions (28) and 160 or more passes defended (168). ... Fantasy Tip: Houston WR DeAndre Hopkins continues to produce despite struggles at quarterback. He leads NFL with franchise-record 12 TD receptions and had 108 yards receiving in last meeting with Steelers.

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