Pittsburgh Steelers: Four Players Who Led The Victory Over The Houston Texans


The Pittsburgh Steelers erupted for three touchdowns in 73 seconds in the second quarter on Monday, and was able to hold off a late surge near the end of the game from Houston to defeat the Texans 30-23 at Heinz Field.

The scoring barrage in the second quarter set a franchise record and the victory in Week 7 allowed the Black and Gold to improve their record to 4-3. They are now 41-24 on Monday Night Football.

Another pleasant surprise was that Mike Tomlin’s squad was not penalized in the first half and ended the game with just six penalties for 38 yards. It was the lowest amount of penalty yardage against them all season.

Let’s take a look at the four players that helped the Steelers send the fans home happy with a victory on Monday night.

1) Ben Roethlisberger overcame a fumble on a sack in the first quarter to complete 23 of 33 passes for 265 yards, no interceptions, and two touchdowns.

2) Antonio Brown hauled in nine passes for 90 yards as his streak is now at 23 games in a row with at least five catches and 50 yards. The Central Michigan product also threw his first NFL touchdown pass when he hit Lance Moore with a three-yard strike during the scoring frenzy of the second quarter .

3) Lawrence Timmons had 11 solo tackles and assisted for one more for a dozen total tackles and had the only sack of Houston quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. He was named the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.

4) Le’Veon Bell contributed to the passing game as he had eight receptions for 88 yards and one touchdown. The 6-foot-1, 244-pound running back racked up 145 yards of total offense as he also had 57 yards on 12 carries.

Offense Honorable Mention: Martavis Bryant may have had just two receptions for 40 yards in his NFL debut, but it was his 35-yard touchdown catch that capped off a two-play, 63-yard drive with 1:27 remaining that turned the game around for the Black and Gold.

Defense Honorable Mention: Veteran defensive end Brett Keisel reminded everyone that he can still get it done as he came up with the second interception of his career and returned it 16 yards to the Houston 8-yard line.

Special Teams Honorable Mention: Placekicker Shaun Suisham connected on all three of his field goals. The first was a 44-yarder in the first quarter and then a pair of field goals in the fourth. He also made all three of his extra-point attempts.

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Houston’s offense had respectable numbers as running back Arian Foster had 102 yards on 20 carries, and contributed four pass catches for 13 yards and a touchdown.

Fitzpatrick completed 21 of 32 for 262 yards, one interception, and two touchdowns. His favorite target was wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who hauled in six passes for 108 yards.

What the Texans could not overcome was the losing two out of three fumbles and the interception for a total of three turnovers.

Up Next: The Black and Gold host the Indianapolis Colts (5-2) on Sunday, Oct. 26 at Heinz Field. Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on CBS.