A schedule quirk has the Pittsburgh Steelers playing the teams of the AFC South four weeks in a row.
Halfway through their divisional tour, the Steelers are 1-1, with a win at Indianapolis and a loss at Houston.
As they prepare for Sunday’s visit from the Titans, they could be without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
He left Reliant Stadium with a boot on his left foot and there is a fear that it’s broken, though even that wouldn’t guarantee he’d miss action.
The Texans sacked Roethlisberger five times and constantly harassed him. If he missed Sunday’s game, Houston will have done the Titans a favor. And the Texans and Titans are tied atop the AFC South at 3-1 after the first quarter of the season.
After the Titans game, Pittsburgh hosts Jacksonville Oct. 16.
If Roethlisberger is playing, he’ll likely be hobbled and under fire again. His offensive line is banged-up and has been overwhelmed in recent weeks.
The Titans already have an AFC South loss to Jacksonville working against them in the standings. A loss to a team the Texans just beat would be another dent in their record, even if the Texans lose to the Oakland Raiders at the same time.