4 takeaways from Steelers Week 3 win over the Texans
Pittsburgh’s rushing attack is back
In 2019, the Steelers were one of the worst teams at running the ball in the National Football League. They finished 29th in the league in rushing yards per game and 30th in yards per attempt.
While Pittsburgh clearly doesn’t have the best rushing attack in the league this year, they have been much more impressive in 2020 – earning a 100-yard rusher in each of their first three contests to begin the season. In their win over the Texans, Pittsburgh’s running game was firing on all cylinders. The offensive line was blocking well, and James Conner and company were taking advantage of their opportunities.
While Benny Snell was less than impressive against Houston (7 carries for 11 yards), Conner and Anthony McFarland both averaged over 6.0 yards per attempt on the game. The Steelers really haven’t been a ground-and-pound team since the days of Willie Parker and Jerome Bettis, but their trio of runners are finally finding a way to move the chains consistently on the ground. Let’s hope it continues.
The Steelers have plenty of things to work on as they prepare for a difficult road matchup against the Tennessee Titans. Let’s hope there are more positives to take away from the next game as they search for their fourth consecutive win to open the season.