- Matt Williamson, ESPN.com
Slated to play the most difficult schedule in the league this season, Pittsburgh should feel some urgency to get off to a good start, especially at home. With the Steelers' increased emphasis on the passing game and the continued deterioration of their offensive line, the pressure has never been greater on QB Ben Roethlisberger to perform.
Houston doesn't face Pittsburgh very often, and a matchup at Heinz Field is a chore for any road team. But the Texans have several on-the-cusp playmakers who are capable of taking over any game in which they appear. Roethlisberger is the undisputed star of the Steelers' show, but he and his club have no shortage of weapons themselves. This should be a good one.
The Texans will keep it close, but Pittsburgh is still just a little more talented.