HOUSTON — Make no mistake, it doesn’t rank up there with the Steelers’ most embarrassing loss ever to the Houston Texans.
But it might not be too far behind.
While nothing will surpass the time they lost at home to the expansion Texans in 2002, the Steelers did their best to replicate that dreadful performance with a 30-6 stinker on Sunday that was worse than it even appeared.
“It was not a good day at the office for us,” coach Mike Tomlin said.
No, it wasn’t. Not when the Steelers also lost three starters to injury, including quarterback Kenny Pickett, who injured his left knee when he was sacked by defensive end Jonathan Greenard on a failed 4th-and-1 play in the fourth quarter.
Pickett is scheduled to have a magnetic resonance imaging in Pittsburgh to determine the extent of his injury. If he is unable to play next week against the Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers will turn to Mitch Trubisky, who was signed to a new three-year contract in the offseason for this very reason.
“We’ve got to show some more heart,” Trubisky said. “More heart will help this offense.”
There wasn’t a whole lot of that against the Texans.
After winning back-to-back games to move into a tie atop the AFC North, the Steelers (2-2) took a giant step backward against the Texans. And it wasn’t pretty.
The offense did not score a touchdown for the first time this season and only the second time in the past 69 games. It was the third time in four games this season they failed to generate more than 255 yards offense.
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