Steelers 30 – Texans 23
If they Steelers played every Monday at home, there would problem be nothing to worry about ever again. Going into the game the Steelers had a record of 15 straight home wins on Monday night games. During a night that started slow, it didn’t cost the Steelers their streak.
The first thing I noticed when the offense took the field was that Martavis Bryant was out at wide receiver. He is a 6’4″ rookie who performed a 4.4 seconds in the 40 yard dash. He made big catch after big catch at Clemson and had been hurt until last night. He had missed the first part with a sprain in his AC joint and it was just really great to see him out there.
The game started off slow for the Steelers as it has been. Also in typical fashion for this season, the Texans first drive consisted of plays that gained nothing or large chunks off yards. It happened to be more large chunks than plays with nothing and the Texans went up 7- 0 quickly on an Alfred Blue reception.
Shortly after, Ben Roethlisberger faced immense pressure and fumbled. The ball magnet that they call JJ Watt recovered the football in Steeler territory. Thankfully the Steelers were able to hang on and hold the Texans to a field goal. After another lost drive by the Steelers the Texans put together a field goal drive to make the score 13 to 0. The offensive line could simply not make a block to save themselves and because of this our offense was sputtering.
After a JJ Watt sack that put the Steelers inside their 5 yard line and at 2nd down and 19 yards to go. Since the Steelers can not stop anyone from crashing into the pocket, they finally got smart and used this to their advantage. A huge screen to Le’veon Bell gets a first down and then a big pass to Heath Miller lead to a field goal.
The next drive Lawrence Timmons sparked the defense with a sack. Yes finally a sack! A Texans 3 and out lead to another big screen by Bell. Then in less than a minute and a half, Ben threw a 35 yard touchdown for Bryant’s first career touchdown (13-10), an Arian Foster fumble at the 3 yard line led to an Antonio Brown throw for a touchdown to Lance Moore (17-13), and then a Brett Keisel interception lead to a Bell TD reception from Ben to make the Score 24-13 going into half.
After an unproductive 3rd quarter by each team the Texans started off the 4th quarter with a field goal. The Steelers matched them with a big Bell run, and a Brown catch that lead to a field goal to make the score 27-16.
Shortly after, the Steelers kicked another field goal. The Texans attempted to comeback with an Arian Foster touchdown to make the score 30-23 but it was too little to late, as the game had already been decided.
Overall it was a good team win with very few penalties and a defensive performance that we have not seen for some time. If you would like more information regarding this Steeler win please click here.
This coming Sunday at 4:25 pm (Eastern) the Steelers will defend their turf against the Indianapolis Colts. This game should show how good our team truly is. This Colts team has been firing on all cylinders as of late and will be a tough test. Andrew Luck is certain to move the ball and their defense did not allow a score by the Bengals on sunday.