Week 7 of the NFL regular season wraps up with an unprecedented game between the Houston Texans and the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Heinz Field in Pennsylvania. Tonight the Steelers will be hosting their seventh game and the team is in need of a victory, especially after their most recent defeat to the Cleveland Browns 10 – 31.
Pittsburgh´s overall record stands at 3-3 losing three games to the Ravens, Buccaneers and the Browns while managing to pull three wins. The Steelers´Coach Mike Tomlin knows how important it is for his group to win this evening as many pro football experts and NFL enthusiasts strongly criticize his defensive approach scheme.
I think we’re on the cusp of the re-emergence of two-back football, particularly situationally. There are so many teams now that utilize a spread offense that two-back football is somewhat unique and people are ill-prepared to fit. Just like when two-back football was en vogue and the spread stuff was not, and therefore was unique when you saw it. I think the same thing can be said for the 3-4 defense. Years ago, there were somewhere between three-to-five teams running the 3-4 defense and so it was somewhat unique. In today’s NFL there are roughly half the teams running the 3-4 defense, so it’s less unique. Football has its cycles, and there are countless examples in regards to that stated Coach Mike Tomlin.
Some of the most recent news on the Steelers is on cornerback Cortez Allen who is likely play a reduced role Monday night against the Houston Texans. It seems as Allen has lost his starting job to Brice McCain and will probably be relegated to nickelback during the upcoming game. The move is not a shock for anyone that has watched Allen play this year.
Here is a quick video on the latest regarding Allen: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000412187/article/pittsburgh-steelers-bench-cortez-allen-mccain-to-start
“Sometimes, there are ups and downs out there. I have great confidence that he’ll fight himself through this and be a very strong player,” Defensive coordinator LeBeau said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
On the other hand, the Texans arrive to Pennsylvania looking for a very similar outcome as their counterpart. Houston has an exact overall record of 3-3 wins and loses, but have lost two consecutive games to the Cowboys and the Colts.
The Texans only have three more games before reaching their Bye week and they aim to restore their game potency and lock a place in the playoffs, but it is very likely Houston will not count with Clowney for Monday Night Game against the Steelers; click here for more details: http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/Clowney-listed-as-questionable-for-Monday/4de4f4f9-e991-4a83-b521-4fdf6993b826
Therefore, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has become a bigger player so far this year completing 143-of-219 attempts for 1,593 yards. He’s tied for first in the NFL in pass completions of 25 yards or more, and has the full attention and respect of the Texans’ defense.
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Houston Texans +2.5 44o
Pittsburgh Steelers -2.5 44u
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