4 takeaways from Steelers Week 3 win over the Texans

Tommy Jaggi
Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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The Steelers won their third consecutive game on Sunday to advance to 3-0 on the season. Here are four things we learned from their win over the Texans.

I had a bad feeling shortly after the Steelers kicked the ball off to the Houston Texans to begin the game. Though I originally predicted that Pittsburgh would come away with a 26-23 victory, I certainly wasn’t feeling confident in the way their team was playing in the first half.

Through the first two quarters, it was a back-and-forth offensive battle between these two teams. Though the Steelers scored with just a 1:14 remaining on the clock before halftime, it apparently was more than enough time for Deshaun Watson to march down the field for a touchdown – giving the Texans a 21-17 lead heading into the half.

The second half was a defensive struggle, and Pittsburgh shockingly turned things around to allow zero points in the third or fourth quarter – eventually winning the game 28-21. With some time to reflect on their performance, here are four things I learned from Pittsburgh’s win over Houston on Sunday:

The Steelers defense still struggles against great quarterbacks

To be fair, nearly all NFL defenses will struggle when facing a quarterback as good as Deshaun Watson. Though the Texans star quarterback was often under pressure and even taken to the ground, we found out quickly that Pittsburgh’s defense isn’t invulnerable.

Watson was on the pace to lead his team to a 40-point game in the first half. Surprisingly, the Steelers were able to hold him scoreless in the second half. Overall, Pittsburgh made some terrific adjustments against Watson, but the fact that he was nearly perfect in two-quarters of play was a bit concerning. The Steelers will need to tighten things up when they face other great quarterbacks like. Fortunately, they don’t have many on the schedule this year.