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Week 16 Game Recap: Pittsburgh Steelers 34, Houston Texans 6

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Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers dominated with a 34-6 victory over the Houston Texans. The offense had success picking up 20 first downs and converting 58% of their third-down attempts. With Antonio Brown inactive, Steelers role players stepped up as Justin Hunter and Roosevelt Nix scored touchdowns.

Houston Texans

Outside of Hopkins, Will Fuller, Braxton Miller and Stephen Anderson were targeted a total of 7 times in the game and combined for 2 receptions for 15 yards. The Texans tried everything to get Miller into the end zone but was missed wide open in the end zone by Yates. Fuller was targeted in the end zone but a bad pass by Yates resulted in an interception.

Pittsburgh Steelers

QB Ben Roethlisberger, 54 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 29 - 226 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0
Ben Roethlisberger was efficient completing 20-of-29 pass attempts for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Roethlisberger looked comfortable playing without superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown. Mid first quarter on a 3rd and 4, Roethlisberger bought time by moving up into the pocket as he found Justin Hunter running across to the left corner of the end zone for a five-yard touchdown pass. Early fourth quarter on a third and 7, Roethlisberger completed an easy 18-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open JuJu Smith-Schuster. Roethlisberger was taken out of the game early as the Steelers held a commanding lead.

RB LeVeon Bell, 46 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 69 - 1, Rec: 5 - 28 - 0 (8 targets)
After the Steelers built an early lead, Leveon Bell was the focal point of the Steelers offensive attack as he finished with 19 touches for 97 total yards and one touchdown. Late third quarter, Bell ran a draw up the middle as he made a quick cut before diving for a 10-yard touchdown. Bell has now amassed 406 touches this season, the second most in franchise history.

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 75 - 1 (7 targets)
JuJu Smith-Schuster finished with a team leading six receptions for 75 yards and one touchdown. Early fourth quarter, Smith-Schuster ran a go-route before coming back for a 49-yard reception. A few plays later third and 7, Smith-Schuster beat his man defender as he quickly ran wide-open over the middle of the field for an 18-yard touchdown reception.

WR Martavis Bryant, 44 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 8 - 0, Rec: 3 - 60 - 0 (4 targets)
Martavis Bryant finished with three receptions for 60 yards. Bryant only received four targets as the Steelers played with a lead for most of the game. Late second quarter on a 3rd and 3, Bryant ran a go-route down the right sideline for a 36-yard gain.

WR Eli Rogers, 27 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (4 targets)
Eli Rogers had a quiet afternoon with only one reception for six yards.

TE Vance McDonald, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 52 - 0 (5 targets)
Vance McDonald was once again a reliable option in the short-to-intermediate passing game with four receptions for 52 yards. McDonald kept the chains moving early in the game as he picked up first downs on each of his first three receptions.

Houston Texans

QB T.J. Yates, 47 offensive snaps, Pass: 7 - 16 - 83 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 11 - 0
It was the worst performance by a Texans quartberack all season and T.J. Yates was missing open receivers and failing to see blitzed off the edge that led to at least 5 of the 7 sacks on the day. Yates missed a wide open Braxton Miller in the end zone and then threw an interception intended for Will Fuller from the 1-yard line. HE even left the game to be checked for a concussion but only completed 7 of his passes for 83 yards. He did hit DeAndre Hopkins for a touchdown late in the game but it was a poor outing for Yates overall.

RB Alfred Blue, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 16 - 108 - 0
It was the first time all season a Texans rusher eclipsed the 100 yard plateau with Alfred Blue went for 108. His best run came off the right end for 48 yards that saw him get into the open field. Blue worked hard for the rest of his yards but was able to move the chains when needed. It was a solid outing for Blue overall especially since it was the best the running game has looked since the loss of Deshaun Watson.

RB Lamar Miller, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 55 - 0, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (1 targets)
The Texans are working to cut back on Millerís workload late in the season but he did produce 55 yards on the ground averaging 5.5 yards a carry and a long for 16 yards on the day. Miller also caught a screen pass that went for 10 yards which set up the Hopkins touchdown early in the 4th quarter.

WR DeAndre Hopkins, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 65 - 1 (6 targets)
DeAndre Hopkins only had 2 targets heading into the middle of the 3rd quarter but after that was able to haul in 4 catches for 65 yards. He had a nice comeback route that was a solid 38 yard catch and run that put the Texans into scoring position. Hopkins best catch of the season came on a juggling act in the corner of the end zone where he batted the ball with his right hand to snag the falling football with his left hand and tap two feet in for a 3 yard touchdown reception. Hopkins continues to be the offenses best option and he continues to produce at a high level.