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Steelers underdogs at Houston

A pair of teams coming off disappointing games lock up in Houston in Week 4 NFL betting action as the Texans host the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Texans gave up 40 points against the Saints while the Steelers were favored big at Indy and eked out a victory.

So the Texans Steelers spread opened at -3 for the home team, but this may move quickly during the week, especially if Arian Foster is declared fit to play. If you like the Steelers, you can get them at +4, -110 at 5Dimes earlier this week, check the latest Steelers Texans point spread.

View Pittsburgh vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Texans in this one found them as 3-point favorites , while the total sits at 45.5. [ Best Houston line was at TopBet earlier this week. ]

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Texans sit at No. 7 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Steelers are at No. 9 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Texans will win this game 32-21.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 7-ranked offense (30 PPG) against a Steelers defense that ranks No. 7 at 18.3 PPG. The Texans passing attack has averaged 262.7 yards per game, more than the Steelers give up through the air (164 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Steelers feature the league's No. 26-rated road run defense, allowing 133.5 yards per game. Houston, meanwhile, ranks No. 4 in rushing offense at home.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 23-20 result against the Colts on September 25. The Steelers failed to cover in that game as a 11-point favorite, while the 43 combined points took the game OVER the total. In their last game, Pittsburgh's aerial attack generated 364 yards and the Steelers came away with a 23-20 victory over Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.

In their last action, Houston was a 40-33 loser on the road against the Saints. They failed to cover the 3.5–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (73) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Houston comes off a game where it received a 3-TD performance from Matt Schaub in a losing cause against the Saints, a 40-33 final.

Pittsburgh Steelers Trends:
When playing in October are 7-3
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing outside the division are 6-4

Houston Texans Trends:
When playing in October are 8-2
When playing on grass are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 2-8
When playing outside the division are 3-7

A few Steelers at Texans trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
Pittsburgh is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Houston's last 12 games
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games at home
Houston is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Tennessee, Sunday, October 9
Houston home to Oakland, Sunday, October 9