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Steelers Vs. Texans: NFL Week 4 Game Notes

The Pittsburgh Steelers face another tough road test in Week 4 when they travel to Houston to take on the 2-1 Texans. The two AFC squads have limited history playing against one another, having met just three times previously, the last time being in Week 1 of the 2008 season. The Texans present some tough matchups for this particular Steelers squad - namely, their dangerous passing attack, and their new, attacking 3-4 defense coordinated by first-year coach Wade Phillips. The Texans are averaging 262.7 yards per game through the air (12th); defensively, their seven sacks put them just in the middle of the pack league-wide, but don't let that fool you into thinking that Phillips won't be dialing up a number of blitz packages to try to confuse the young and makeshift Steelers offensive line.

We'll have more analysis about the matchup shortly, but let's take a quick look at the two teams' series history, as well as the broadcast information and up-to-date stats for both squads.

SERIES

 

STEELERS

TEXANS

SERIES LEADER

2-1

STREAKS

Past 2

COACHES VS. OPP.

Tomlin: 1-0

Kubiak: 0-1

LAST WEEK

W 23-20 at Colts

L 40-33 at Saints

LAST GAME

9/7/08: Texans 17 at Steelers 38. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger completes 13 of 14 passes (92.9 pct.) for 137 yards & 2 TDs. Steelers RB Willie Parker adds 138 rush yards & 3 TDs.

LAST GAME AT SITE

9/18/05: Steelers 27, Texans 7. Roethlisberger throws for 254 yards with 2 TDs. Pittsburgh defense registers 8 sacks, including 3 by S Troy Polamalu.

BROADCAST

CBS (12:00 PM CT): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf. SIRIUS: 86 (Pit.), 128 (Hou.). XM: 228 (Hou.).

 

STATS

PASSING

Roethlisberger: 69-108-942 (3C)-3-4-85.5

Schaub: 60-92-823-6-3-101.9

RUSHING

Mendenhall: 49-148-3.0-1

Tate: 66-301-4.6-1

RECEIVING

Wallace: 21 (T3L)-377 (2L)-18.0-2

A. Johnson: 21 (T3L)-316 (3C)-15.0-2

OFFENSE

380.3

400.7

TAKE/GIVE

-9

+2

DEFENSE

263.3 (2L)

332.0

SACKS

Harrison: 2

A. Smith: 3 (T2C)

INTs

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Joseph: 2 (T3L)

PUNTING

Sepulveda: 49.8

Hartmann (R): 45.0

KICKING

Suisham: 18 (6/6 PAT; 4/6 FG)

Rackers: 36 (1L) (9/9 PAT; 9/9 FG)

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.