By: Jordan Smith
Well, at least the Texans started strong. After some awful offensive starts through the first six weeks of the season, the Texans actually came out firing on Monday. They scored on their first drive and went up 13 points early. Then, the wheels came off. The Steelers scored 24 unanswered points to end the first half and went on to beat the Texans 30-23 in Pittsburgh.
The Texans scored with under two minutes left in the game to cut into the Steelers’ lead. But they finished the game seven points away. They had a chance to recover and onside kick but couldn’t fall on it. They fell behind when the Steelers scored 24 points in 2:54 seconds in the second quarter to take the lead away from the Texans. After the Steelers drove down the field to kick a field goal, Danieal Manning bobbled the ensuing kickoff to pin the Texans deep. Then, Arian Foster fumbled the ball and the Steelers scored. On the next possession, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an interception to Brett Keisel and the Steelers’ offense punched it in. They scored 21 points in just over 1:30.
The Texans started off the game with a defensive stop. After a punt, they started their first drive at their own 6-yard-line and drove 94 yards for the score. Foster was instrumental to the success of the offense in the first quarter. The Texans scored on their next two drives but settled for field goals on both and squandered the opportunity to put the Steelers in a big hole. The Texans had chances in the second half but continued to shoot themselves in the foot, first with penalties, then with a costly turnover from DeAndre Hopkins.
The turning point
After the Steelers scored their first touchdown, Danieal Manning bobbled the kickoff, which pinned the offense deep. Arian Foster then fumbled, which led to another touchdown and the Texans never regained the lead.
What it means
The Texans are below .500 for the first time this season at 3-4. They missed a big opportunity to put themselves in the mix for a wild card spot. They have lost three in a row.
Despite a huge – HUGE – fumble in the second quarter, Foster was the reason the Texans were able to get out to an early lead. After a great start, the Steelers’ defense stacked the box against the Texans.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a bad interception in the second quarter and just wasn’t very good all game.
Whitney Mercilus had a good game and has played well in the last two weeks. He got some pressure and was solid against the run.
Brian Cushing just hasn’t looked like himself recently. He wasn’t good on Monday.
The Texans gave up 24 points in 2:54 seconds in the second quarter.
Did you know?
When Watt recovered a fumble in the first quarter, it was the ninth of his career. He became the Texans’ all-time leader in that stat. He was tied with DeMeco Ryans with eight.
The Texans are a day behind as they prepare to take on the Titans in Tennessee on Sunday. The Titans are 2-5.