Steeler Nation, the Pittsburgh Steelers went into Monday nights’ game needing a win. Things began slow when the Texans ran off to a 13-0 lead in the first half. However,things heated up in a hurry just before half-time when the Steelers reeled off 21 points in a span of 73 seconds,24 total points in less than 3 minutes ,helping vault them to a 30-23 win over the Texans.
Let’s take a look at the Good,the Bad & the Ugly of the Steelers victory over the Texans.
The Steelers had some good this week, starting with the play of RB Le’Veon Bell. Bell only had 12 carries for 57 yards and a 4.8 yard average but it was his receiving that made the difference . Bell caught 8 passes for 88 yards and his 43 yard catch and run gave a spark to a Steelers offense that desperately needed one. Bell is one of the best all-around running backs in the NFL.
QB Ben Roethlisberger went 23/33 for 265 yards and two touchdown passes and had a quarterback rating of 113.8. WR Antonio Brown lead the team with 9 catches for 90 yards. Brown also threw a touchdown to WR Lance Moore. Rookie WR Martavis Bryant took advantage of his extended playing time, scoring on a 35 yard touchdown grab , the first of his career. Bryant shows great potential to be a threat in the red-zone and beyond with a great combination of size and speed.
On defense LB Lawrence Timmons lead the team with 12 tackles including a sack. DE Brett Keisel came up with a key interception that set up a TD. The Steelers defense came up with three turnovers and that may have been the difference in the game.
On Special teams punter Brad Wing had a good game averaging 44 yards on 4 punts and a long of 54 with two being downed inside the 20.
Kicker Shaun Suisham hit all three of his field goals and the Steelers coverage units did well with Ross Ventrone having two big special teams tackles.
Over all the Steelers played good in all three phases of the game and this was truly a full team victory
The Steelers once again got off to a slow start on both offense and defense. They let the Texans drive down the field relatively easy for a touchdown with their first possession of the game.
The Steelers offense sputtered most of the first half until about the 3 minute mark of the second quarter. The Steelers must get off to a better start on both sides of the ball.
The Steelers defense continues to let their opponents score early, with Houston scoring on their first three possessions of the game and taking a 13-0 lead. This is a reoccurring trend that needs to end.
The Steelers need to sure up their run defense as they gave up 132 rushing yards on 30 attempts, a 4.4 yard average and most of that came in the first half of the game.
Although the Steelers offense showed some improvement in the red zone there is still plenty of work to be done and a faster start would also help the Steelers defense.
All of the above needs to improve for the Steelers to have a chance, as they head into a tough stretch of their schedule .
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