It is known by this point that to get to the Super Bowl, you have to go through the Steelers.
With the Texans having played, and beaten, Pittsburgh earlier this season, they know what kind of game to expect. A physical, punch-you-in-the-mouth game that will be won or lost in the trenches. The Houston offensive line showed in Week 4 that they're willing to be up to the task, and while I know that the final score depicts that it was a close game, it really wasn't. Horrible officiating kept a game that should have been a blowout close until the final series.
Sure, the Steelers look like a different team since that game, but they also have only played one team worthwhile since that Houston game and they lost (Baltimore) at home.
I got nothing but respect for the Steelers franchise and I know that when the postseason light comes on, they're one of the best. But for all the talk about how light the Texans schedule is, I think Pittsburgh's might be softer.
Mike Kerns is a featured columnist for the Houston Texans at Bleacher Report. Feel free to follow him on Twitter at @Zepp1978 and catch his latest Texans podcast at State of The Texans.