Following a year where a carousel of Matt Schaub, T.J. Yates and Case Keenum started at quarterback, the Texans continue to suffer from poor play at the position. Journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick hasn't played as poorly as his predecessors, but his physical limitations have been evident. Still, the Houston offense has thrived on the ground, where Arian Foster looks just as spry and potent as he did during his breakout 2010 campaign. However, the team's true star is defensive end J.J. Watt, whose play has made him both a frontrunner for Defensive Player of the Year and a legitimate MVP candidate.
For the third consecutive year, the Steelers look like a team that, while competent, will be on the outside looking in come playoff time. Coordinator Todd Haley's offense has sputtered, scoring just 20.7 points on average. Pittsburgh's defense hoped to get a boost from youngsters Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier, but both have missed time with injuries.
NFL Week 7
Despite continuous mediocrity at the quarterback position, receiver Andre Johnson remains an impactful player. At his current pace, Johnson will record 91 catches for 1,117 yards, giving him eight 1,000-yard seasons in his illustrious career. Yet as always, Watt is the center of attention. His 41 total pressures (as measured by Pro Football Focus) are the most of any player in the league.
Year after year, the Steelers continue to allow Ben Roethlisberger to absorb too many hits. He is currently on pace to take over 45 sacks this season. Should that happen, it would be the sixth time in his career he's been sacked 40 or more times. It's been a better year for Le'Veon Bell. The second-year tailback has 542 rushing yards through six games at a clip of 5.2 yards per carry. If not for DeMarco Murray, that would be the highest total in the league.
How to watch
Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
When: Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET
Announcers: Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
The Steelers are 3-point favorites, according to OddsShark.