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On location: Texans 17, Steelers 10

HOUSTON – Looking ahead to kickoff …

Game: Steelers (2-1) vs. Houston Texans (2-1)

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: Reliant Stadium

TV, radio: CBS, WDVE-FM, ESPN Radio 970

Weather: 87 degrees, sunny, but the roof will stay closed, anyway

Here is the official live summary, and here are news updates on our Steelers page. Feel free, as always, to use this as a discussion forum. I will chime in from the stadium.


  1. Bizrow says:

    We need this one

  2. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    Bengals are blacked out here near Cincinnati. We get the Steelers game today! :)

    DK: Do they usually show Steelers when Bengals are blacked out?

  3. Eric Bowser says:

    Texans offensive line just dominating Smith, Hampton and Hood, which is contributing to the nothing performance by Farrior. Of course, Farrior is already yanked from the game.

  4. Eric Bowser says:

    Larry Foote is slow as well, ILB play is bad, really bad

  5. hsages211 says:

    Looking like lots of the same problems that we saw last week only against a higher quality opponent: 1) can’t stop the run; 2) can’t run the ball; 3) can’t protect the QB

    Steelers are looking like a very average football team.

  6. Jay says:

    I have to agree with everything you have said hsages. Even with a very weak schedule, it will be a mighty struggle to make the playoffs. Wow that looks like Andre Johnson blew out his knee.

  7. hsages211 says:

    The score isn’t as bad, but this game just feels a lot like the opener against the Ravens.

  8. Jay says:

    The only reason the score isn’t as bad as the Ravens yet, is the Texans have been called for a lot of penalties, and there are no turnovers yet. Oh, and for some reason the Texans are passing the ball, when they have been dominating the Steelers with their running game. One of the hopes is that Foster runs out of gas from so many carries.

  9. Jay says:

    That penalty on the blocked kick has to be the stupidest penalty of the year. It is incredible that the Steelers are only down 10-0 at the half.

  10. Bizrow says:

    This game is one where the Stillers might get it handed to them.

    I’m just sayin

  11. Jay says:

    This looks like 2 different teams.

    James Harrison has an eye injury. His return is questionable.

  12. Officer Mancuso says:

    @Biz, of course you meant that the Texans might hand the Stillers a W.r

  13. Officer Mancuso says:

    ight? :-)

  14. hsages211 says:

    This Steelers defensive performance reminds me of one long, long ago when Fred Taylor from Jacksonville ran for 234 yards back in 2000. Then it was Levon Kirkland who looked old and slow. Today it’s James Farrior.

  15. Jay says:

    Woodley isn’t old, but he certainly looks slow.

  16. hsages211 says:

    After a few glimmers of hope, the O-Line has reverted to the matador form from the 1st half.

  17. Jay says:

    I think the offensive line is the biggest reason for the loss, followed closely by the terrible first half performance by the defense.

  18. hsages211 says:

    Starting to question if this is a 0.500 team let alone a playoff team.

  19. sidelinespensfan says:

    3 out of 4 weeks this team came into the game either unprepared or not ready to play. They are lucky to be 2-2. They will not get better until they do something about the o-line play.

  20. hsages211 says:

    During the conference call last week the Houston media asked Ben how he could have confidence in guys we pull off the street. My question is, “Could 5 guys off the street really be worse?”

  21. Bizrow says:


    Yeah, but crap

  22. Officer Mancuso says:

    I say try Resop on 3’rd and short.

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