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If you really are what your record says you are, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans are average football teams as they get ready to tangle on Monday Night Football. Georges-Kevin NKoudou Jersey . You can catch the game live on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5, TSN GO and TSN Radio at 8:30pm et/5:30pm pt, with pregame coverage beginning at 6pm et/4pm pt. with Monday Night Countdown. But, average is the eye of the beholder. As the owner of a record six Super Bowl titles, Pittsburgh isnt all that used to long stretches of mediocrity but the Steelers are 19-19 dating back to the beginning of the 2012 season, the very definition of ordinary. Houston, on the other hand, has already surpassed its entire win total from the 2013 season and is still within an earshot of Indianapolis in the AFC South after coming up just a little short of Andrew Luck and Co. during Week 6. Luck and T.Y. Hilton lit up the Texans secondary as the Colts held off a frenetic Houston comeback to earn a 33-28 victory. Indianapolis jumped out to a 24-0 lead before Houston fought back and pulled within 33-28 when the incomparable J.J. Watt returned a botched shotgun snap 45 yards for a touchdown. The Texans had two possessions inside five minutes remaining and lost fumbles on each, however, allowing the Colts to survive. Arian Foster piled up 141 yards from scrimmage and ran for two touchdowns for Houston, which has dropped three of its last four since starting the season with consecutive wins. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 15-of-23 passes for 212 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Andre Johnson, but both lost critical fumbles down the stretch. When you give a team a 24-point lead right out the gate, youre going to have a difficult time, said Watt, who became the only player in the past 50 years to score a touchdown via a fumble return, an interception return and a reception in a single season. It would have been easy to shut it down ... but we fought and gave it a good run. In the end, we didnt make enough plays. The Steelers, on the other, hand are coming off a rare loss to Cleveland as the Browns Ben Tate rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns to lead Mike Pettines club past Pittsburgh, 31-10. Ben Roethlisberger, who entered the game with an 18-1 record as a starter against Cleveland, was held to 228 yards on 21-of-42 passing with a touchdown and interception for a season-worst 64.4 passer rating for the Steelers, who gave up 31 straight points after the first quarter. LeVeon Bell rushed for 82 yards on 18 carries, Antonio Brown totaled a game- high 118 yards on seven catches and Lance Moore caught a 26-yard score in the loss. Hopefully, we carry the baggage or the stench of that one for some time and use it as positive fuel, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. The Steelers and Texans have split their four previous meetings with Houston winning the last encounter, 17-10, on Oct. 2, 2011 behind Foster, who rushed for 155 yards, including a 42-yard TD. The teams havent met in Pittsburgh since 2008, a 38-17 Steelers win. Houston has appeared just seven times on Monday Night Football, compiling a 3-4 mark while Pittsburgh is 40-24 all-time on the national showcase. Its a big deal for everybody around the league just because everybody grew up watching Monday night games, Fitzpatrick said. These are the games that all eyes are on you. Its important to go out and play well because of that. WHAT TO WATCH FOR This is the start of three straight home games for Pittsburgh, a team that has won six of its past eight overall on its homefield despite a dreadful 27-24 loss to Tampa Bay in its last contest at Heinz Field. Getting Roethlisberger headed back in the right direction is key and offensive coordinator Todd Haley is feeling plenty of heat from some interesting critics. Man, the Pittsburgh Steelers need a new (expletive) offensive coordinator, famed hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg says in a video posted on Instagram. This guy sucks. Coach Tomlin, this is Snoop Dogg, man. Fire that (expletive) and get us a real offensive coordinator. We aint won a playoff game since we had that (expletive). Part of Big Bens success has always been his ability to extend plays and make something out of nothing but it also means things can look bad on occasion and Roethlisberger has been sacked 17 times this season. Tomlin believes a number of things have to improve. Not only game planning, but who were utilizing, the coach said. Schematics and the personnel that were utilizing needs to be evaluated. They better get it cleaned up quickly, especially with Watt looming, the NFLs best defensive player. The rangy defensive lineman leads the NFL with 20 quarterback hits and is often a one-man wrecking crew, capable of making the game-changing play at any time. Its amazing how he routinely disrupts the normal flow of offensive football, Tomlin said. Its also conceivable Watt will also be getting some help in the potential return of rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft who has been sidelined since Week 1 after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Texans coach Bill OBrien has given Clowney a 50/50 shot of playing on Monday. Hes progressing, OBrien told the teams radio network. Hes working really hard to get back and I would say its 50/50. Yeah, I think we have a long time here to get ready for Pittsburgh, longer than normal so hopefully, that bodes well for him being ready to go but I cant guarantee you that hell be here for Pittsburgh. It (would) help a lot, cornerback Kareem Jackson added when discussing Clowneys potential return. Just going in the game knowing we wont have to cover as long. The guys weve had up front, theyve been doing a great job thus far and to add (Clowney) is definitely going to make things that much better. Clowney did not practice on Thursday, however. Generally a guy needs to be on the practice field to play his best, Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said. Were hoping to get him on the practice field so we can make a determination. The best-case scenario for Pittsburgh is to get Bell going early and play off his abilities with play-action. The second-year back from Michigan State led the AFC in both rushing (542) and scrimmage yards (793) entering Week 7 and has recorded at least 100 scrimmage yards in all six games. Houston, meanwhile, is intent on avoiding another slow start on both sides of the football. The Texans have not scored in the opening quarter in five straight games, amassing a pitiful average of 40.5 yards in the frame over that span. Fitzpatrick has also struggled mightily early with a passer rating under 60.0 in the first quarter. What the film shows us is that everybody on offense has to play better. Everybody, OBrien surmised. Harry Winks Jersey . The shortstop still grieves, but it will be nights like the one Segura had in a 5-2 victory Monday over the Cincinnati Reds that will provide some distraction. Jan Vertonghen Jersey . The team announced that it exercised the options on 15 players including goalkeepers Evan Bush, Maxime Crepeau and Troy Perkins, defenders Matteo Ferrari, Karl W. .com) - The Oakland Athletics needed to rely on a lot of young pitchers to win an American League West title this season.KANSAS CITY – For the fourth time in seven games, the Blue Jays blew a lead of at least three runs. While it would be easy to lay this one on the bullpen - Steve Delabar, Brett Cecil, Sergio Santos and Esmil Rogers got tagged for eight runs in the final two innings - this loss, by a final score of 10-7 to the Royals, was a total team effort. So much so, in fact, that manager John Gibbons, Kansas Citys bench coach as recently as 2011, took a veiled shot at his club while praising his old team. “I will say one thing about that team over there, because I was there when they were young,” said Gibbons. “They play nine innings. I dont care, up or down, they compete and they get after your ass and thats why theyre going to end up winning it one day.” Perhaps Gibbons was upset with catcher Dioner Navarro, who put on a clinic of how not to play defence in the second inning. First, with Royals at the corners and one out, Navarro attempted to back hand a Dustin McGowan slider in the dirt. The ball skipped off Navarros shin guard and towards the Royals first base dugout. Billy Butler, the runner on third, scored. Later in the second, again with runners at the corners, Navarro inexplicably attempted to throw out Alcides Escobar trying to steal second. The throw was offline and bounced into centrefield, allowing Alex Gordon, who was on third, to score. Perhaps Gibbons was upset with Edwin Encarnacion who, with two runners on and one out in the seventh, didnt hustle down the first baseline on a ground ball back to pitcher Kelvin Herrera. Usually a routine play, Herreras throw brought first baseman Eric Hosmer off the bas,e but because Encarnacion was only halfway down the line, Hosmer had plenty of time to collect himself and step on the bag for the out. Perhaps Gibbons was frustrated with Colby Rasmus and Jose Bautista, who converged on Gordons lead-off fly ball to right centrefield in the seventh. Neither took charge - its Rasmus job to do so - and the ball bounced on the warning track for a lead-off double. The Jays had a 5-2 lead at the time. Gordon would score one hitter later when Salvador Perez hit a two-run home run off of Delabar, marking the start of the Kansas City comeback. Perhaps Gibbons was frustrated with Melky Cabrera, who did tack on two more hits for a league-leading 41, but who also had a poor night in left field. Twice Royals runners took an extra base on Cabreras arm. Once because he displayed no urgency in getting the ball back to the infield and Cabrera also missed a cut-off man in the Royals six-run eighth, allowing a second run to score on a single by Omar Infante. The Blue Jays fell to 12-14. Gibbons called it a “crappy game.” Under the cirumstances, he was being polite. McGOWANS STRONG OUTING; STROMAN MAKES STATEMENT As Dustin McGowan took the mound in Tuesday nights series opener against the Royals, Marcus Stroman was wrapping up, perhaps, his most impressive appearance in his brief professional career. The two are linked. The belief is that the Blue Jays are growing weary of McGowans inability to work deep into ballgames; manager John Gibbons has repeatedly offered that he liked McGowans work out of the bullpen last season, thinking hes better suited to a one or two-inning role. McGowan is a type-1 diabetic and, as first reported by, he wore his insulin pump in an attempt to regulate his blood sugar level - it tends to skyrocket during games - and alleviatee the fatigue that overtakes him in the middle innings. Eric Dier Jersey. He pitched into the seventh inning for the first time this season, granted it was just one batter and Alex Gordon doubled, but it was a step forward. McGowan allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits, three walks and two strikeouts. He left with a lead, which was coughed up by the bullpen. “Real encouraged,” said McGowan. “I got deep in the game and thats all Ive been wanting to do. Sometimes the results are overshadowed by the innings you pitch, but as long as you get deep in games, good things happen once you get deep in games.” Stroman is among the clubs top pitching prospects and of those prospects, is considered to be the most major league ready. He showed it in Buffalo on Tuesday, hurling six hitless innings, striking out 10 and walking only one in what could be his final Bisons appearance before hes added to the 40-man roster and brought up to pitch in Pittsburgh this weekend. Gibbons has talked about using a six-man rotation through the next turn. The Blue Jays dont have another off day until May 19, which prevents Gibbons from rearranging the order of the rotation to facilitate additional days off for certain pitchers. If the Jays were weighing whether to go with McGowan or J.A. Happ on Monday in Philadelphia, after Stroman starts on Sunday in Pittsburgh, McGowans performance may have bought him at least one more start. GETZ ARRIVES; GOINS TO BUFFALO Chris Getz was shagging fly balls during Triple-A Buffalos batting practice on Monday afternoon when minor league field coordinator Doug Davis waved him in to give him the news he was on his way back to the big leagues. A former Royal who played in Kansas City for four seasons and not immediately aware of the Blue Jays next opponent, Getz was surprised to hear of his first stop destination. “It was pretty funny because I knew they had the off day and then Doug mentioned that, Hey, youve got a flight at 6:30 and youre heading to Kansas City,” said Getz. “Heading to Kansas City? I already played with them. Of course, Im playing against them, but it was cool to come back here and see a lot of familiar faces, teammates, but even the people working at the park. You get to know them over the years and theyre such good people here. I just kind of feel at home.” Getzs contract was selected from the Bisons in time for Tuesday nights opener with the Royals. He replaces Ryan Goins, who was optioned to Buffalo after a slow start at the plate. In 24 games and 66 plate appearances, Goins posted a slash line of .150/.203/.217 (.420 OPS), with one home run. “He was having good at-bats,” said hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. “I think if we were, as a group, doing better top-to-bottom, he would probably still be here. I dont know, thats not my decision, but I felt like his at-bats were getting better and better the last week, week-and-a-half.” This isnt it for Goins. The Blue Jays value his glove. Expect him to be back. “I told him, You go down there, be a good teammate, work hard, keep a good attitude which I know you will and apply the stuff that we worked on,” said Seitzer. “I said, I want you building confidence in everything youve done to this point to where you come back and dont go back.” Getz is a solid defensive second baseman who will bring a little more offence than Goins. 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