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Whole new world: Texans defense is the difference

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Andre Johnson’s injury grabbed the headlines early. The Texans defense took care of things late in a 17-10 win over Pittsburgh.  Here’s what we learned:

1. The Texans aren’t just about offense now. The Steelers got the ball four times in the fourth quarter with a chance to tie the game.  The Texans held them to 1 yard combined on the first three drives.  On the fourth and final chance, they picked off Ben Roethlisberger to seal the game.

2. Mario Williams looks comfortable in this defense, racking up two more sacks. (He has five for the year.) That’s because he often had his hand in the dirt as a down linemen, with the Texans using last year’s four down linemen look.

Pressure was coming from every direction. Antonio Smith has been a beast this year. Connor Barwin made a few big plays Sunday.  When Roethlisberger’s collapse, it was a total meltdown.

3. The Texans just beat the Steelers because they have a better pass rush and a better running game. Think about that one again.  Arian Foster rushed 30 times for 155 yards and a score in his first game back from injury.  He had to play that much because Ben Tate left early with an injury.

4. Houston’s defense hits so much harder now. Even when they don’t make a great play, they are far more physical than they used to be.

5. Rashard Mendenhall left early with a hamstring injury.  Isaac Redman and Mewelde Moore actually were more effective as a tandem than Mendenhall.

6. Andre Johnson was seen on the sidelines in the second half laughing and smiling.  That would indicate his hamstring injury may not be as bad as originally feared.

7. Houston needs to find other offensive solutions if A.J. is out a while.  Their receivers didn’t have a catch.

8. We know it’s early, but we really think the AFC South will come down to Houston and Tennessee.  The Texans are in great shape.

9. We know it’s early, but nothing about the Steelers has been impressive this year. The defense can’t make up for the offensive line.

They are lucky to have one of the easiest schedules in the year. The old Steelers defense wouldn’t have given up a 19-play touchdown drive to start the game.

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28 Responses to “Whole new world: Texans defense is the difference”
  1. kingofthenorth92 says: Oct 2, 2011 4:49 PM

    Haha watching the Steelers lose and the Cowboys collapse made my dayy! I can’t wait to see if 7thlombardi/6rings/ten other usernames has the pride to comment on this post with his BS “it was just one game…we will dominate the rest of the year and form the SFL next year!”

    The Texans and the refs seemed like they did everything they could to give pittsburgh this game, but luckily houston’s defense held in there in the end.

  2. jimbobobjr says: Oct 2, 2011 4:50 PM

    Likewise, The Steelers defense was abysmal. Lost count of the number of missed tackles. How the mighty have fallen.

  3. itstariq says: Oct 2, 2011 4:50 PM

    The penalties were bad and I felt bad for Joseph having made two fantastic plays only to have them wiped out. Gotta get that under control. Still, great job by the D and the win feels good.

  4. rougwave says: Oct 2, 2011 4:59 PM

    I thought the Steeler’s defense adjusted fairly well in the second half. Kudos to the Texans, but look how good the Steeler O-line made the Colts look last week.

  5. robcypher says: Oct 2, 2011 5:02 PM

    Yes, a disappointing game for the usually mighty Steelers. But even Jesus had a moment of doubt on the cross, no?

    Next week will be better for the Steelers Nation. It’s 16 games, not just 1.

    6 INTO 7 STARTING IN 2011!

  6. cup0pizza says: Oct 2, 2011 5:03 PM

    Wade still sucks. The Stealers just aren’t very good.

  7. 7thlombardiontheway says: Oct 2, 2011 5:04 PM

    Guess what Haters? 6. Need help with the math?

    First of all it is well to determine what is the differentia of a number—and of a unit, if it has a differentia. Units must differ either in quantity or in quality; and neither of these seems to be possible. But number qua number differs in quantity. And if the units also did differ in quantity, number would differ from number, though equal in number of units. Again, are the first units greater or smaller, and do the later ones increase or diminish? All these are irrational suppositions. But neither can they differ in quality. For no attribute can attach to them; for even to numbers quality is said to belong after quantity.

    Again, quality could not come to them either from the 1 or the dyad; for the former has no quality, and the latter gives quantity; for this entity is what makes things to be many. If the facts are really otherwise, they should state this quite at the beginning and determine if possible, regarding the differentia of the unit, why it must exist, and, failing this, what differentia they mean.

    We then conclude that 6 Is in fact greater than any you can provide. The Steelers own you. Thanks for playing.

  8. melikefootball says: Oct 2, 2011 5:04 PM

    The Steelers looked to be the same, some more of last weeks second half against the Colts. Some poor tackling, the line …what line. The only positive they could get out of this game was they are lucky to have Ben. Vic should be in his shoes, he took a humping all day and yet sometimes was able to make a play. He is a tough player.

  9. steeltown56 says: Oct 2, 2011 5:05 PM

    Thanks for trying to end Ben Roethlisberger’s career Texans. I felt bad for Andre Johnson till this. Karma is a bitch Texans.

  10. huhfasi says: Oct 2, 2011 5:06 PM

    FLACCOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

  11. texanfan4life says: Oct 2, 2011 5:10 PM

    “9. We know it’s early, but nothing about the Steelers has been impressive this year. The defense can’t make up for the offensive line.”

    The Steelers fans on this site crack me up! Keep trollin guys!

    But honestly, we did everything we could to keep you in that game!

    FYI people, I did not see ANY bias by the refs, the Texans “earned” the penalties they got.

    I was nervous to the very end, I am still kind of expecting my team to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory! It will take a little time to get over that…we have found some amazingly creative ways to lose games in the past 10 years!

    Think this team is legit this year…that defense looks HARD this year! GO TEXANS!!

  12. kbritt18 says: Oct 2, 2011 5:12 PM

    Next week is 3-1 Titans. Good luck against the #1 defense in the league.

  13. rarson says: Oct 2, 2011 5:14 PM

    I’ve been waiting a few games to judge the Steelers, but their defensive problems seem to be recurring. Their team just looks flat. I don’t think they’ll have a terrible year, but I think playoffs are a long shot.

  14. holeinone09 says: Oct 2, 2011 5:18 PM

    Congrats to the Texans. They have a pretty nice team, and outplayed the Steelers today. They really looked great at the outset.

    I thought the Steelers defense played better after the first half. Other than the drive that led to the go-ahead TD, I don’t think Houston did much after the first quarter. Troy seems to be back to playing as he normally does, and Timmons looks pretty solid. But Woodley seems to be disappearing after his big contract, and Farrior really looks slow this year.

    But the more important thing affecting the Steelers is they continue to suffer from poor offensive line play, plain and simple, and are forced to rush passes. Gilbert looks more and more like a bust. Essex and Foster are no more than short-term stand-ins. Scott is also a bust so far. I was somewhat surprised the Steelers didn’t make a move to bring someone in this week, after the injuries. This OL is going to get Ben killed. While Ben has made mistakes this year, and is known for holding the ball too long, I don’t blame him for one thing today. There wasn’t much more he could in the game. He basically didn’t have time to breathe, and only had limited run support on a few series with Moore and Redmon. If Ben had the kind of OL the Texans have, he would put up staggering stats. The Steelers organization have done a horrible job at getting linemen on the team who could protect their biggest investment, and this has stretched almost his entire career now.

    In any event, hope Ben’s knee isn’t hurt too bad and he can play next week. But at some point, he will get injured badly unless that OL gets some pride and blocks somebody.

    GO STEELERS!!

  15. jumpinjoebuck says: Oct 2, 2011 5:19 PM

    Who remembers what happened in week four last year? Yawn. Pittsburgh and Houston are both good squads. The Texans aren’t the best team in the league and Steelers certainly aren’t the worst; despite what we will all hear from the media/fans this week.

  16. georgeanderson2 says: Oct 2, 2011 5:20 PM

    Are the Steelers the dark horse in the “suck for luck” plan?
    They should try and use Ben as trade bait in the offseason to get a younger QB. Bens days are numbered as a top tier guy, time to rebuild in Pittsburgh.

  17. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 2, 2011 5:28 PM

    “We know it’s early, but nothing about the Steelers has been impressive this year”

    So I’m guessin’ PFT’s only going to move them up to what? 6th or so this week on the power rankings?

  18. bray72 says: Oct 2, 2011 5:34 PM

    Not a fun day for the Steelers! OL is all banged up and Texan offense is excellent.
    But the real problem is O co-ordinator’s lousy play and formation calling. With a banged up and young OL, surely we should give some help against Mario.
    Then the run/pass calls are atrocious; easy to defense even with very high quality skill players. Truly sickning!
    But, hats off to the Texans for a great game plan and winning execution.

  19. jjrs89 says: Oct 2, 2011 5:35 PM

    DON’T YOU DARE CLOSE YOUR EYES

  20. kingofthenorth92 says: Oct 2, 2011 5:36 PM

    7thlombardi,

    The Packers counter your 6 career championships with 13 championships, not to mention that one of those came against the Steelers. You can shut up now.

    Btw you’ve copied and pasted that crap in quite a few posts now and I still do not understand what the heck you are talking about. I’m sure others can say the same. Stop embarassing Steeler fans.

  21. 7thlombardiontheway says: Oct 2, 2011 5:41 PM

    Super Bowl era please. Thanks for playing.

  22. texanfan62 says: Oct 2, 2011 5:45 PM

    Hey cupopizza,you better worry about your Steelers instead of slamming Wade, or whatever so called team you root for. Rothlisberger hurt his foot,not his knee and it looked like J.J.Watt was blocked into him,he didn’t intentionally do it. The Refs sucked today,ticky tack calls,although that Blocked Kick was called correctly,you CAN’T block the punter in the back.Period.

  23. ineptguy8 says: Oct 2, 2011 5:48 PM

    Funny to me the people that fall for 7thlombardi’s trolling on this site. Obviously not a Steeler fan, just looking to see how many idiots he can get to react to his BS. (Btw, I am aware that I am feeding the troll by this post. I just hope that this may make some of the slower posters out there stop commenting on this garbage.)

  24. heyzeus143 says: Oct 2, 2011 6:09 PM

    time for the steelers to get ben an O-line, time for Smith, Farrior, and Big Snack to hang it up – I love the Steelers but I know when I see a team that needs to re-tool its offensive and defensive fronts, 34 has gotta go too – he does not seem to fit the scheme, it was a great run, happy flag football green bay Roger has made this little girl league just for you and Tommy Boy Brady to have Super Bowl with 100 plus points scored – Go Pens!

  25. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Oct 2, 2011 6:14 PM

    @ 7thlombardiontheway says: Oct 2, 2011 5:04 PM

    When you’re not high count the number of World Championships held by the Packers. 6 doesn’t come close, Son.

  26. ppdoc13 says: Oct 2, 2011 6:38 PM

    @all the Steeler fans – face it boys and girls. Your team just doesn’t have it this year. Your defense is slow and old. Nobody comments on it during the game, but it amazes me just how many tackles Troy P misses now. Didn’t you just sign him for another 10 years?

    The only position on your offensive line worth keeping is Pouncey. The rest should be flipping burgers at McD’s. Mendenhall is very ordinary especially behind a poor line and Ben makes too many mistakes trying to do too much.

    Would not at all surprise me if the Steelers didn’t even finish second in the AFCN behind the Ravens and yes……. the Browns. You all need to get younger and faster like the Ravens did this year.

    For the Texans fans…. Great win!!! Probably the biggest in the history of the Texans. Hopefully Andre Johnson is only out until after you come to Baltimore and we hand you your a$$es. Seriously, that guy is an awesome receiver. If we don’t have to defend him, that will be ok by me.

    Deb – sorry sweetie. Your team just doesn’t have it this year.

    7thlombardi or whatever you name is this week – how does it feel being a birth accident?

  27. broncobillie says: Oct 2, 2011 6:53 PM

    The Wade Phillips move has worked in which Texas team’s favor?

  28. richm2256 says: Oct 2, 2011 10:42 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    Oct 2, 2011 5:04 PM
    Guess what Haters? 6. Need help with the math?

    First of all it is well to determine what is the differentia of a number—and of a unit, if it has a differentia. Units must differ either in quantity or in quality; and neither of these seems to be possible. But number qua number differs in quantity. And if the units also did differ in quantity, number would differ from number, though equal in number of units. Again, are the first units greater or smaller, and do the later ones increase or diminish? All these are irrational suppositions. But neither can they differ in quality. For no attribute can attach to them; for even to numbers quality is said to belong after quantity.

    Again, quality could not come to them either from the 1 or the dyad; for the former has no quality, and the latter gives quantity; for this entity is what makes things to be many. If the facts are really otherwise, they should state this quite at the beginning and determine if possible, regarding the differentia of the unit, why it must exist, and, failing this, what differentia they mean.

    We then conclude that 6 Is in fact greater than any you can provide. The Steelers own you. Thanks for playing.

    —————————————————————
    How many games do the Steelers have to lose before this moron shuts up?

    Dude, it’s not about how many trophies they’ve got in the cabinet, it’s how they’re doing THIS year in getting their seventh.

    Just take a look at your ID, moron ……. it isn’t “6 Lombardi’s already in the Trophy Case”

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