Too Little Too Late For Steelers, Fall to 2-2 with 17-10 Loss to Houston Texans

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 02: Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans looks for room to run as safety Ryan Clark #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks to contain at Reliant Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Steelers fought resiliently, but ultimately were overmatched in their Week 4 matchup with the Houston Texans. We'll get to more comprehensive commentary and analysis about the 17-10 loss in Houston, but here are the major story-lines.

  • Think the pass protection was bad last week during the win over the Colts? It was much worse on Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger was sacked five times, pressured and hit on numerous other occasions, and generally had next to no time to go through his progressions in the pocket. Give Wade Phillips and the Texans defense some of the credit though for their game plan.
  • I'm not sure there is any one culprit on the line either. All five guys struggled mightily including second-year All Pro center Maurkice Pouncey.
  • James Harrison was forced to leave the game in the second quarter with what looked to be a concussion. Hopefully it was of the mild variety and he'll be ready to play sooner rather than later.
  • Andre Johnson or not, the Steelers pass defense actually fared fairly well considering Matt Schaub had time to throw for much of the afternoon. The Texans quarterback only finished with 138 yards on 14-of-21 passing attempts.
  • The rush defense? Not so much. And I know I'm not alone in feeling concerned about the front seven's inability to stuff the run like we're so accustomed to seeing. Arian Foster had a big day, finishing with 155 yards on 30 attempts. The Steelers did tighten the screws during the third quarter, but after tying the game at 10-10, Foster ripped off a 42-yard TD run that proved the be the game winner.

More soon.

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