Updated: Sep 28, 2020
Vince Williams – Williams had a sack in the first quarter and put a nice hit on David Johnson for a tackle for a loss of 2 yards. Williams has a league-high eight tackles for a loss this season.
Eric Ebron – With the Steelers trailing 14-3 in the second quarter, the Steelers answered the Texans touchdown and had a 12-play, 75-yard scoring drive. Roethlisberger off play-action completed to Ebron for 17 yards to Houston’s 30-yard line and then five plays later Roethlisberger connected with Ebron for a 10-yard touchdown on third-and-goal. Ebron finished the game with five receptions for a team-high 52 yards and a touchdown, an average of 10.4 yards per reception.
Anthony McFarland Jr. – McFarland finally got some touches and he took advantage of the opportunity. McFarland rushed for 42 yards on six carries, an average of 7 yards per carry and a long of 20 yards. Hopefully moving forward the coaching staff gives McFarland more touches and replaces Samuels as the No. 3 running back.
Chuks Okorafor – Three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt lined up over Okorafor for most of the game and had just four total tackles (one solo), no sacks and quarterback hits or tackles for a loss. Okorafor looked really solid and held his own against a premier player like Watt. From what we have seen so far, it looks like Okorafor has a promising future with the Steelers.
Run defense – The Steelers’ run defense continues to be phenomenal this year. Houston rushed for just 29 yards on 15 carries, an average of 1.9 yards per carry. David Johnson scored on a 2-yard touchdown, but that was the only positive from the Texans' run offense. It's the second time this year that the Steelers have held an offense to 29 yards rushing in a game. In Week 1, the Giants rushed for 29 yards on 20 carries, an average of 1.5 per carry.
James Conner – Conner and the offensive line took over in the second half and started to impose their will on the weak Texans’ run defense. Conner rushed for 109 yards on 18 carries and had a touchdown, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. It’s the second consecutive game that Conner has rushed over 100 yards and the Steelers have had a 100-plus yard rusher in every game this season. Conner also had four receptions for 40 yards, a total of 22 touches for 148 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. The Steelers controlled the game by running the ball efficiently and outperformed the Texans in first downs 25-13, total plays 76-47 and time of possession 36:51-23:09.