It will be interesting to see tonight how the Steelers respond to the widespread criticism levied at them recently. It wasn't only Hines Ward and Bill Cowher who called them "soft," which the rest of the world could see anyway. Their own coach, Mike Tomlin, told them they aren't tough enough, mentally and physically, according to Antonio Brown.
No doubt, the Steelers have some very talented players (Brown, Roethlisberger, Polamalu, Bell, Timmons, etc.). Just not enough of them. So, it may not even be a mater of toughness. If the team doesn't have enough talent, the Steelers are going to have trouble even with another so-so team like the Houston Texans.
Tonight, we will find out whether the Steelers are merely mediocre or just a lousy football team.