After a first half scoring high goals, the visiting Steelers’ defense closed off Texas in the second half on Sunday with a 28-21 win. Pittsburgh scores 3-0 for the first time since 2010, while Houston will now have to exit the 0-3 hole.
Pittsburgh, trailing 14-3 early, took the lead after Ben Rothlesberger threw touchdown passes in the first half to Eric Ebron and Jojo Smith Shuster. The Texas attack, led by Desichuan Watson, gave Houston a 21-17 lead in the first half after Watson found Will Fuller to score 14 yards.
After a rocky first half, the Steelers defense hardened on Watson, sacking him five times while he came in with a massive interception for the third quarter by Mike Hilton. The turnover resulted in Pittsburgh’s match victory, a 12-yard landing that James Conner directed. The Steelers extended his lead after Smith Shuster scored a two-point Pittsburgh transfer. After a sack by TJ Watt helped force another kick from Texas, completing a third down from rookie Roethlisberger Chase Claypool snowy Steelers game.
Roethlisberger, who on Sunday beat Mike Webster for most games played in Steelers’ history, enjoyed another strong ride, going 23 of 36’s of 237 yards while improving his season’s landing / intercept ratio to 1/7. Conner pushed over 100 yards in a second straight match, with the Steelers running 169 yards on 38 wagons. Bud Dupre stepped Pittsburgh with 1.5 sachets.
Watson, who went 14 of 18 in the first half, finished 264 yards at 19 of 27. Randall Cobb led the Texas team with 95 yards and landing on four grabs, while the running game in Houston was held at just 29 yards on 15 cart.
Here’s a deeper look at how the Steelers managed to come from behind against Texas.
Why did the Steelers win
Pittsburgh played supplementary football during the second half. After Hilton intercepted, Steelers performed a 12-stage rally, 79 yards, which were capped by the game’s winner Conner. The Steelers’ defense then forced a hat-trick and a quick exit before returning the ball to its attack, making sure Texas never got another chance with the ball. The Steelers controlled possession time and controlled the ball approximately 37 minutes.
The Steelers continue to receive an excellent performance from former Pro Bowl footballer Chris Boswell, who scored both field goals on Sunday that included 26 yards at the start of the second half. Boswell has now scored all five of his field goals in three matches.
Why Texas lost
Houston appears ready for a penalty shootout after Watson’s second pass gave Texas a 21-10 lead at the end of the first half. But in the second half, Houston, after continuing to get nothing from its ground game, became one-dimensional as Watson became an easy target to speed up Pittsburgh’s passes. Defensively, Houston’s defense, the 31st NFL number, continued to struggle on Sunday, allowing the Stellers to run 169 yards on 38 cart. Texas also had no answer for the narrow Pittsburgh end duo from Ebron and Vance McDonald, who combined to capture eight passes for 87 yards and touchdowns.
Texas appears to be on the verge of adding one point to their lead at the start of the fourth quarter. After forcing Houston into two back-to-back strokes, she entered the Pittsburgh area after Watson hit a cup to win 34 yards in game three and 10. But two games after Cobb was captured, forced Watson, under pressure from Watt, a wrong pass on the field chosen by Hilton, where he expanded Pittsburgh streaked in forcing at least one turnover into nine matches. Select the Steelers award-winning score check.
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The biggest game in the game belongs to Hilton, who Cobb defeats in the Texas game first score. Hilton, an unapproved former rookie player who demanded a waiver from the Steelers in late 2016 season, already has an objection, a faltering recovery and two bags in three matches.
“We needed to give our defense a break. We didn’t do it enough in the first half. They got the ball for us, and it was one of those situations where it was time to check the gut. It was. [the Texans]. We didn’t want to slow down, so I said to them, “This is time to check the gut. It’s time to dig and see what we can do, and they did. They kept poking holes, their backs kept making their way. I can’t talk enough about how proud I am.” With this group up front, and on this engine in particular, because that wasn’t easy. ” – Rothlesberger on the game-winning Steelers’ Journey, a seven-minute journey an hour
The Steelers will head to Nashville to face the Titans 3-0. Pittsburgh is 1-0 on the road this season after defeating the Giants in Week 1. Texas, who dropped their opening game at home against the Ravens, will host the Vikings, who fell to 0-3 after dropping the 31-30 decision to Tennessee on Sunday. Houston lost the season opener to Baltimore last Sunday.
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