Steelers improve to 3-0, drop Texans to 0-3

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A big game from Pittsburgh’s pass rush left Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson running for his life today, and the Steelers improved to 3-0 while the Texans fell to 0-3.

The Steelers’ 28-21 victory was keyed by five sacks, with Bud Dupree, T.J. Watt, Stephon Tuitt, Devin Bush and Vince Williams all getting in on the action.

Watson still managed to throw for 264 yards and two touchdowns, but he also had an interception. The Texans’ running attack could do nothing, picking up just 29 yards on 15 carries.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a strong game, completing 23 of 36 passes for 237 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. James Conner had 109 yards rushing and a touchdown.

After missing the playoffs last year, the Steelers look like contenders again. The Texans, a playoff team last season, are reeling.

20 responses to “Steelers improve to 3-0, drop Texans to 0-3

  1. QB sacked five times, and 29 yards rushing. Bill O’Brien spent a lot of his GM money on the O’line, and this is what he got. Eesh.

  2. Watson is lost without Hopkins. Looks like Bill O’Brien outsmarted himself once again with the Hopkins trade.

  3. Pittsburgh is selling out to stop the run and rush the passer. They trust their secondary to keep things in check, not give up the bigger plays, and capitalize on any mistakes the offense makes. Barkley 15 carries for 6 yards? Texans with about 40 yards as a team? They completely took away Watson’s running, he was under seige. I’m having Dick LeBeau flashbacks!

    That’s a good team over there in Texas, but the schedule makers screwed them this year.

    Go Steelers!

  4. Diehard patriots fan but Jesus Billy how much have you destroyed this team?! You lockup Watson….but trade his best WR and top#3 WR IN THE LEAGUE for broken records.

    HE HAS TO GO

  5. Wait!!!
    I thought Watson was a god?!?

    Oh… so… having quality wide receivers is important?!?
    (Houston is still kinda loaded)

    ONE MORE THING: Please don’t pretend that the steelers didn’t get any calls
    (played in pittsburgh)

  6. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    September 27, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Watson is lost without Hopkins. Looks like Bill O’Brien outsmarted himself once again with the Hopkins trade.

    ——————-

    But… that trade was in the team’s best interest.

  7. When has a steelers team only had 2 penalties for 14 yards?!?

    The nfl and their corrupt officiating is propping them up once again.

  8. Steelers did what they had to do. That’s the difference between winning and losing teams. Winning teams do what they need to do.

  9. This was really a game of two halves. For most of the first half Pittsburgh looked like they couldn’t stop anything on defense and their offense looked like it was running in quicksand. The second half was a different story. The offensive line started to take over and the defense picked it up.

    I don’t think Watson looked lost without Hopkins. He was 19/27 for 264 yards. I’d bet most of that came in the first half. His biggest problem was Pittsburgh’s pass rush in the second half. He barely had any time to do anything. He probably did as much as he could do since that DL was dominating his OL in the second half. The bigger problem was 15 rushes for 29 yards for a 1.9 average. When your running game doesn’t scare anyone, the defense can just concentrate on going after the QB on every play.

  10. When has a steelers team only had 2 penalties for 14 yards?!?

    The nfl and their corrupt officiating is propping them up once again.

    Bengal whiner is really persistent, but really embarrassing. You get some calls and then…..you don’t . Suck it up buttercup life isn’t fair.

  11. Big Ben is getting his rhythm back every game. His arm looks strong, he will start hitting those deep passes soon.

  12. Love the haters of Steelers complain about officiating, hell they missed a punt spot by ten yards, holding all day on both teams not called every other QB holds his arm out they spot the ball but Ben clearly over the line to gain, nope. please The Steelers in the second half closed down the Houston attack and got some rhythm going on offense to turn the game around.

  13. Exactly. The Steelers got the benefit of a borderline PI call on 4th down, but it was only 4th down because Al Riveron botched another replay review and failed to correct the erroneous spot.

    The Steelers also got screwed on a later possession when Claypool had his left arm held by the defender for two seconds and still almost made the catch one-handed, but somehow didn’t draw a flag. It’s possible I missed it, but did TJ Watt draw a single offensive holding call? I saw some truly mind-boggling no calls.

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