Man am I pumped about the season kicking off this Sunday. I can't hardly stand it. This is going to be a great year to be a Houston Texans fan. Let's get down to business. The Steelers have one of the most respected and feared defenses in the league. They're big and strong, but what about fast? Their D-Line has two big bodies that are hard to move in Aaron Smith and Casey Hampton, and Kiesel is good against the run. They have some young athletic LBs in Woodley and Timmons. Foote and Farrior are getting a little long in the tooth, but they still have a little tread left on the tire. James Harrison is coming off a Pro-Bowl year. CB Ike Taylor is a big body who is physical, Townsend is a seasoned vet, Polamalu is Polamalu, and Clark is their version of Will Demps. Across the board, they are pretty solid. Duane Brown has been solid this preseason, but will have his hands full against Harrison. He is athletic enough to keep up with the speedy Harrison though. Myers will have to man-up also against fat man Hampton in the middle. However, there are a couple of match-ups that are in the Texans favor bigtime. First, yes their d-line in big, but they don't move that well. If our o-line cuts them early and very often, it will tire the big men down. We can't possibly go man on man against their front on running plays and expect to be productive. They're just to hard to move. Cut em down like Axe Men and we will move the ball on the ground pretty well. Second, although Taylor will have his hands full trying to slow down AJ, it's the two other match-ups of Walter v Townsend and OD vs Polamalu that Kubes must exploit. Walter is much bigger and physical than Townsend. He'll be able to have his way with him. Owen Daniels will be critical in this game for the Texans. We all know that Polamalu likes to play in the box. If OD gets off early production wise, that will make the Steelers have to respect him forcing Polamalu out of the box. This will in turn help open up the weakside run some (though the 3-4 is designed to take away the backside cut, the fact the Texans like to bootleg alot will keep the OLB honest and at home). Defensively, the Texans must turn the Steelers into a pass-happy offense this Sunday. Take away the run, and I think we match up pretty well against them. I'm worried about Petey Reeves holding Santonio Holmes, but maybe (just maybe) the front-four can generate at least enough pressure to rattle Big Ben into making some bad throws. Their o-line is not as good as it has been in past years, so the defense has to attack and keep on attacking. Mario will have a big game with at least 2 sacks and 2 QB pressures. The most important match-up defensively for the Texans is Weaver v Colon. We all know that Weaver sucks in rushing the passer, but if he can at least be solid against the run, we can force the Steelers into 3rd and 6-9 yd situations. Then Smith can bring in Thompson or Cochran to rush the passer. As critical as OD will be offensively, Weaver (gulp) will be just as important defensively. Overall, the Texans are a faster team than the Steelers and must use that to their advantage to win the game. My final score prediction: Texans 31 - Steelers 20 Schaub has a solid outting passing for over three bills and two scores. We get one TD via special teams. And we give notice to the rest of the league that the Texans are here and ready!!!