After starting the season off red-hot, the Texans are back to sporting a losing record following a disappointing 30-23 defeat to ‘Big Ben’ and the Steelers on Monday Night Football. And in the end, they’ve got nobody to blame but themselves.
Houston essentially handed the game over on a silver platter with a pair of costly turnovers deep in their own territory as the first half was coming to a close.
Pittsburgh took advantage of the blunders by scoring three passing touchdowns in just 73 seconds, swinging the tide from a 10-point deficit to an 11-point lead.
The wild scoring spree included a trick play that ended with Antonio Brown completing a 3-yard touchdown pass to fellow receiver Lance Moore.
To go along with the TD toss, Brown finished up with 9 receptions for 90 yards.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 21, 2014
Aside from the aforementioned minute-and-a-half breakdown, the Texans virtually dominated the Steelers and were able to move the ball at will for much of the game. Arian Foster rushed for 102 yards on just 20 carries and Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 262 yards on 21/32 passing with a pair of TDs and 1 INT.
But as Houston coach Bill O’Brien said: “We had a terrible second quarter. We couldn’t come back from it. Just too many turnovers. We just had a hard time overcoming all those things.”
Having lost three straight, Houston will need to find a way to right the ship quickly if they hope to keep their playoff dreams alive. Next week’s road contest at Tennessee should be a good place to start. Since winning their opener against the Chiefs, the Titans have gone 1-5, with their only victory coming against the Jacksonville Jaguars.