Steelers cruise past Texans to earn playoff bye

Steelers CB Artie Burns in danger of losing starting job

Steelers CB Artie Burns in danger of losing starting job

Roethlisberger threw passes to six players as Pittsburgh (12-3) romped over the lowly Texans (4-11) despite missing National Football League leading receiver Antonio Brown, who sat out with a calf injury.

It's prediction time. Let' get bold (well sort of bold), for the Pittsburgh Steelers this week as they prepare to take on the Houston Texans. That meant quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Le'Veon Bell were of course coming out, but some offensive linemen also finished the game on the sidelines.

After struggling with below-average teams this season, the Steelers dominated the Texans. Seeing their team not play down to their opponent had to be a welcome Christmas gift for Steelers fans.

He returned to the field before the Steelers' final defensive drive was over.

Texans owner Bob McNair needs to get Hopkins a nice Christmas present.

He did have one miraculous touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter.

The Steelers hurried and harassed Yates all day with Mike Hilton leading the way with three sacks and three quarterback hits, Cameron Heyward adding two and forcing a fumble. If Pittsburgh can secure one of the top two seeds in the AFC, the team will lock up a bye during the wild-card round and get an extra week of rest before beginning its playoff run. That rematch, however, would take place at Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots have won nine straight playoff games.

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