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Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Monday Night Football Betting Odds

The Texans take the J.J. Watt Show™ to Pittsburgh where Houston will try to break a 10-game losing streak as road underdogs when they face the Steelers on Monday Night Football. The Texans are 4-6 against the spread (ATS) during that skid and will face a Steelers team that is just 1-4 ATS in its past five home games against AFC South opponents.

So why is this matchup one of the most value-packed picks on the entire Week 7 schedule?

Here’s why!

Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers
When: Monday, October 20, 2014
Kickoff: 8:30 PM ET
TV: ESPN
Spread: Pittsburgh -4
Total: 44.5

Texans Vs. Steelers Monday Night Football Betting Odds Preview

The Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3 SU, 2-4 ATS) have been the very definition of inconsistent this season as they’ve alternated SU wins and losses every single week for a month and a half.

The struggling Steelers enter this Week 7 Monday Night Football matchup coming off a stunning 31-10 beat-down at the hands of AFC North division rival Cleveland  on Sunday while never coming close to covering the spread as a 2.5-point road dog.

Still, the Steelers say they aren’t about to panic despite their slow start.

"There’s no time to panic," said veteran quarterback Roethlisberger, who has been sacked 17 times for the second-highest total in the NFL entering Week 7. "You guys are waiting for us to panic. We’re not panicking."

Roethlisberger completed just 21 of 42 passes for 228 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Browns.

"Ben is always a calm guy in the huddle," said running back Le’Veon Bell, who has no touchdowns in five weeks. "Obviously when guys aren’t making plays there’s a little bit of frustration about everything. But he’s not throwing fits or tantrums about anything. He understands guys are going to make mistakes."

Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense will have to deal with J.J. Watt, Houston’s star defensive end who leads the NFL with 20 hits on quarterbacks his season and has four of his team’s 10 sacks.

Joining the 100 Million Dollar Man J.J. Watt could be first overall pick, rookie defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who has been out since Week 1 after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Cornerback Kareem Jackson wants Clowney back in the worst way.

"It (would) help a lot," Jackson said. "Just going in the game knowing we won’t have to cover as long. The guys we’ve had up front, they’ve been doing a great job thus far and to add (Clowney) is definitely going to make things that much better."

Houston (3-3 SU, 4-2 ATS) has dropped two straight including their heartbreaking 33-28 Week 6 loss to AFC South rival Indianapolis while failing to cover the spread as a 2.5-point home underdog. 

The Texans got 109 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries from Arian Foster in the win. Houston knows it needs to pressure Roethlisberger if they want to win this matchup.

Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has gotten off to a string of abysmal starts and ranks last in the AFC with a 58.9 passer rating in the first quarter.

"What the film shows us is that everybody on offense has to play better. Everybody," head coach Bill O’Brien said.

I really like O’Brien and believe he’s going to get things turned around for the Texans at some point in the very near future, but I just don’t see Big Ben and company losing this important contest of they really want to keep their postseason hopes alive.

The Texans are just 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games versus their AFC counterparts and a winless 0-6 ATS in their last six Monday Night Football games.

The Steelers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game and I believe that’s a great sign they’ll bounce back nicely in this contest against the Texans.

My Monday Night Football Betting Pick: Pittsburgh -4 Points

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