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  • Steelers Explode For 24 Second Quarter Points; Top Texans 30-23

    Houston Texans v Pittsburgh Steelers

    It looked like the same old Steelers for the first 27 minutes Monday night against the Houston Texans – then, something magical happened.

    With maybe the season on the line – the Black and Gold finally played like the team many have waited to see, reaching down deep for that something special Steelers fans have waited all season to see.

    The result – an amazing 24 points over 2:54 to erase a 13-0 deficit and take a 24-13 halftime lead, helping the Steelers beat Houston 30-16 to move to 4-3 on the season.

    The Texans, who simply dominated the first quarter and well into the second quarter, fell apart, thanks to a big-play to a rookie for the Steelers and a defense the woke up just in time.

    There was no doubt about the two biggest plays of the night that were the biggest factor in the win for the Steeelrs.

    Ben Roethlisberger hit rookie Martavis Bryant for a 35-yard touchdown on his first career catch, and Brett Keisel picked off a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass to help the Steelers get their first lead of the night.

    The defense forced another turnover on a Arian Foster fumble to help them get another score to make it 24-13 at the half.

    The second half saw the Texans draw within 8 at 24-16 on a field goal, but the Steelers put together a huge drive that saw them drive down and get a Shaun Suisham 30-yard field goal to make it 27-16 with 5:50 to play.

    A fumble recovery by Troy Polamalu helped the Steelers get another three to make it 30-16, and the Texans scored late to make it 30-23, but Michael Palmer saved the day, recovering the onside kick to save the win.

    Roethlisberger was 23-for-33 for 265 and two scores, Antonio Brown caught 9 passes for 90 yards, Le’Veon Bell ran for 57 yards to lead the team.

    The three-game homestand will continue Sunday at 4:25pm as the Steelers have a huge test against the best team in the AFC South, the Indianapolis Colts, who come to Heinz Field after a 27-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.

     
  • Steelers Gab 2014 Week 7 NFL Preview – Houston at Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh Steelers v Houston Texans

    At 3-3 Steeler Nation seems to feel that the sky is falling following last Sunday’s 31-10 blowout loss to the Browns in Cleveland. They get an extra day off this week as they get set for the AFC South’s Houston Texans, a team with a stud defensive player in J.J. Watt and a couple solid offensive stars in Andre Johnson and Arian Foster.

    Today we take a look at the keys for a Steelers win, as well as how we feel the game Monday night will wind up at Heinz Field.

    1. Pressure Ryan Fitzpatrick - The Texans had done a nice job protecting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, that is until the Colts blitzed him frequently during their Thursday night matchup a week and a half ago, and they got to Fitzpatrick five times. The Steelers should take a lesson from Indy, and make sure they do whatever they can to get to the veteran QB, more so since the secondary has proven they can’t seem to cover when a QB has time to throw. It would be nice to see the Steelers have 4-6 sacks in this matchup.

    2. Pound the Rock – The Texans are ranked 26th in the league in run defense, allowing 125.7 yards per game on the ground. Last week before things got out of control against the Browns, the run game had success with Le’Veon Bell, Legarrette Blount and Dri Archer all getting carries and having a decent amount of success rushing against Cleveland. This week they should duplicate that game plan, with Bell getting 20-25 carries and Blount and Archer each getting carries to give the team a change of pace. Plus running the ball will keep J.J. Watt off Ben Roethlisberger’s back.

    3. Avoid Critical Mistakes – The Steelers have been their own worse enemy in their three losses, committing key mistakes in all 3 games that have cost them – from penalties to turnovers to simply missing blocks that have cost the club. Against the Texans, they have to limit those mistakes, and that includes staying focused for 60 minutes, not playing well for 57 minutes and then blowing it in the final 3 minutes like they did against the Buccaneers. Let the Texans be the team that commits the big mistakes down the stretch, like they did a week and a half ago against the Colts.

    Prediction – The Texans have gotten off to slow starts as of late, and the Steelers have to take advantage of that and come out and try to build an early lead and then stay focused for four quarters. The team has to put last week behind them, and from the sounds of it, they feel that they can build off the loss with a good effort against a Texans team that is having its issues like the Steelers. This is a game of redemption, and look for a physical, solid effort from the black and gold that results in a key win as they get set for another big home game vs the Colts next Sunday at home. Steelers 24 Houston 14

     
  • Three Texas Sized Questions With Houston Fans

    Texans-at-Steelers

    We ask three questions from Houston Texans fans about the Steelers vs Texans matchup:

    Question 1. What are you most excited about for this Monday night game?

    Reggie Tyson: Hopefully seeing Jadeveon Clowny play. His pass rush ability along with J.J. Watt will cause problems for the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line

    Katie Ellis: Seeing (Arian) Foster healthy again at running back. Now that his hamstring is 100 percent he can be more effective on stretch run plays

     

    Question 2. Who do you feel is primed for a big game vs the Pittsburgh Steelers?

    Reggie Tyson: Andre Johnson. Johnson has been the most consistent player the franchise has ever had. Johnson has the size and still has the speed and toughness necessary to be a elite receiver in the NFL

    Katie Ellis: J.J. Watt. Watt has proven he is almost unblockable in one on one situations. With his ability to bat down, and intercept passes along with his ability to score touchdowns it’s easy to expect Watt to have a great game.

     

    Question 3. What do you feel is the key to victory?

    Reggie Tyson: Balance on offense. If the teams just tries to run way more times,than pass then they will become predictable.

    Katie Ellis: Ryan Fitzpatrick can not afford to turn the ball over multiple times. He must play within himself,and allow others to make plays. When under pressure he needs to check it down as many times as possible.

     
  • Steelers’ Ryan Shazier likely unready for Texans game

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    Although Ryan Shazier was able to participate in some practice this week, the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie may not be ready in time for Monday night’s game against the Houston Texans.


    If Shazier isn’t ready to go, Sean Spence and Terence Garvin are likely to split time on the field.

     
  • Friday Texans at Steelers Injury Report

    Pittsburgh Steelers v Carolina Panthers

    HOUSTON TEXANS
    Practice Report
    DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
    Thursday LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), LB Brian Cushing (knee), CB Darryl Morris (ankle), LB Brooks Reed (groin)
    Friday CB Darryl Morris (ankle), C Chris Myers (not injury related)
    LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
    Thursday RB Arian Foster (groin), WR Andre Johnson (ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee), LB Mike Mohamed (calf), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee)
    Friday LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), LB Brian Cushing (knee), WR Andre Johnson (ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee), LB Mike Mohamed (calf), LB Brooks Reed (groin), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee)
    FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
    Thursday G Brandon Brooks (illness), WR DeAndre Hopkins (hand), DE Tim Jamison (groin), T Derek Newton (elbow), DE J.J. Watt (thigh)
    Friday G Brandon Brooks (illness), RB Arian Foster (groin), WR DeAndre Hopkins (hand), DE Tim Jamison (groin), T Derek Newton (elbow), DE J.J. Watt (thigh)
    PITTSBURGH STEELERS
    Practice Report
    OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
    Thursday DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), CB Ivan Taylor (forearm)
    Friday DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), CB Ivan Taylor (forearm)
    DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
    Thursday RB Will Johnson (illness), DE Brett Keisel (knee), S Michael Mitchell (knee), S Troy Polamalu (not injury related)
    Friday S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring)
    LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
    Thursday DE Cameron Heyward (ankle), LB Ryan Shazier (knee), S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring)
    Friday RB Will Johnson (illness), DE Brett Keisel (knee), S Michael Mitchell (knee), LB Ryan Shazier (knee)
    FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
    Friday DE Cameron Heyward (ankle), S Troy Polamalu (not injury related)
     
  • Flashback: Steelers Open 2008 Super Bowl Season With Home Win Over Texans

    Houston Texans v Pittsburgh Steelers

    Today we look back at a game at Heinz Field six years ago, as the Steelers started what ended up being a Super Bowl season with a dominating win over the Houston Texans.

    Here’s the story from that game on September 7th, 2008, a 38-17 win over the Texans.

    The key to success for the Steelers has always been running the football and stopping the run. Today vs the Houston Texans, those keys were in full effect in an opening day beating 38-17 at Heinz Field. The Steelers dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, rushing for 183 yards, and allowing just 75 yards to the lackluster Texans.

    Willie Parker took advantage of the O-line pushing around Houston most of the day, rushing for 138 yards and three touchdowns. Ben Roethlisberger in three quarters was 13-for-14 for 137 yards and two touchdowns. The Steelers went up 7-0 on a Parker run with 5:44 left in the first quarter. They built from there, as Parker went in from 13 yards out with 11 minutes to go in the half to make it 14-0.

    Hines Ward then caught a Big Ben TD from 13 yards out after a Steelers interception that pushed the lead up to 21-0. The Texans kicked a field goal to make it 21-3 at the half. Parker and Ward each scored again in the second half, Parker from 4 yards out and Ward catching a 16-yard TD to make it 35-3 late in the third quarter.

    Matt Schaub and the Texans offense will have better days, but against the black and gold this was not one of them. Schaub was punished most of the day, as the Steelers got to him for five sacks and two interceptions. He ended the day 25-for-33 for 202 yards and one TD. The Houston running game wasn’t much, as Steve Slaton was the teams leading rusher, going for just 43 yards on 13 carries.

    This was the biggest mismatch of the weekend at least in how things played out. The Steelers gave little to Houston, and the Texans didn’t offer much resistance. Pittsburgh looked as good today as they did at any point last season. They will look to keep the momentum next Sunday night when they travel to Cleveland to play the Browns.

     
 
 
 
 
 

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