…Steelers fans were shaking their heads rather than pumping their fists as they left Bizarro-land following their team’s 18-point loss to the expansion Texans.
“Hold a team to under 50 yards offense, you’d think you’d have a chance to win at least,” befuddled linebacker Joey Porter said. “To get blown out when that happens, it’s tough. It’s hard for a fan to sit there and watch, let alone the defense. Anybody who watched that game, you think, ‘What’s going on?’ Not only turnovers, but turnovers for touchdowns.”
All the Texans’ points in their 24-6 win came off turnovers, including two TD interception returns by Aaron Glenn and a fumble return for a TD by Kenny Wright. Houston managed just one first down over the final 57 1/2 minutes and went three-and-out on eight of its 12 possessions (another of which was a kneel-down at the end of the first half).
Never before has a winning team been so utterly futile on offense.
“They should take the game ball they got and throw it at us,” said quarterback David Carr, referring to the Texans’ defense.
…In addition to Houston, two other clubs had three returns for touchdowns in Sunday’s games, and in all there were 11 such TDs. Carolina’s Steve Smith scored on punt returns of 61 and 87 yards and Al Wallace recovered a Cincinnati fumble in the end zone for a third Panther score. Kansas City’s Dante Hall ran back a kickoff 88 yards and a punt 86 yards for touchdowns and Duane Clemons took a fumble back 42 yards in the 49-10 victory over St. Louis.