Texans Dominate Steelers for Second Straight Win of the Season
A first half shutout was followed by a solid finish to pull the record even
The Houston Texans dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers on their way to their second win of the season. Houston is now 2-2.
Here are 11 observations from the dominating 30-6 win.
C.J. Stroud does it again. It was another impressive performance from the rookie quarterback of the Houston Texans. He was poised for most of the game, handled the rush well, and got the ball where it needed to be. He made big plays and combined a ton of little plays to have it add up for a very positive day for the Texans. He of course was humble in his postgame presser giving his teammates a bulk of the credit.
The first drive is perhaps one of the biggest elements of change for the Texans. Multiple penalties and a review going against them had the Texans facing 1st and 10 from the 10 after they had seemingly scored twice. The Texans kept attacking and drew a pass interference call. The Texans hurried up to the line after a Dameon Pierce carry went nowhere and C.J. Stroud found Nico Collins for the score moments later. I can say with certainty the vast majority of the previous incarnation of the Houston Texans end up kicking a field goal there.
The rushing attack finally got going. Dameon Pierce had his best day of the season and was a physical as ever. The Texans even got contributions from C.J. Stroud and Tank Dell running the ball. It was an impressive performance on the ground and it helped balance things out and take some pressure off the passing attack. Bobby Slowik didn’t force it either, he went to it when it fit.
The offensive line deserves a ton of credit. This was the second week in a row they didn’t allow a sack and it was the most fearsome pass rush duo of the season as their opponents. T.J. Watt was quiet for a lot of the day finishing with just two tackles and one quarterback hit. He did force C.J. Stroud into an intentional grounding call, but overall Watt was not the horror movie villain who couldn’t be stopped no matter what that many, myself included, expected him to be. The returns of Laremy Tunsil, Tytus Howard, and Juice Scruggs are on the horizon.