First Quarter Thoughts: Texans Dominate the Quarter, Lead 7-0

I don’t know the last time I saw a Steelers defense look as bad on a drive as on the Texans opening drive. From the first offensive play to the last, the Steelers looked like a tired team that missed tackles, were out of position, and just don’t have the same intensity as last season.

With that said, a drive that covers 19 plays for 95 yards and takes 10:39 off the clock is just deflating. Mike Tomlin and Dick LeBeau have to be REALLY concerned about the way the defense is playing right now. They watched Curtis Painter march down the field and put up 7 in a key part of the game last week, and now to open the game, Schaub does the same thing, on a drive that just crushed the Steelers.

The Steelers seemed to have a good drive going on their first drive, but then of course you have a dumb penalty on Mike Wallace for 15 yards that set them back from what would have been the Texans 47. Then on 3rd and 10 Ben Roethlisberger was crushed and fumbled, but the team got a break with an illegal contact that gave them a first down.

It didn’t matter, as three plays later he was sacked again. Bottom line, this offensive line is simply terrible right now, and the Steelers can’t run, protect the QB, or do much of anything. If it were not for a good punt by Daniel Sepulveda that was downed at the Texans 6, this thing could really be getting out of hand in a hurry.

First quarter numbers saw the Texans outgain the Steelers 118 to 33, and Foster had 44 yards on 10 carries.


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