With the exception of a few disruptions by Mario Williams, the Steelers imposed their will on ever facet on today's pasting of the Texans. Willie Parker, who you might have passed over as 1st or 2nd round pick in fantasy for his difficulties getting in the endzone last year, drove in three scores while Hines Ward added the Steelers' two receiving TDs.
The offensive line for the most part played solid, with Chris Kemoeatu looking particularly impressive driving assignments well off the ball. LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison showed why they're going to be a fearsome outside rush tandem to contend with. Woodley had two sacks, a pick and a fumble recovery as the Steelers gave up nothing by garbage scores and a short-field field goal to the Houston offense.
Even the kick coverage teams performed well, which alone serves as enough of an indication that everything was going right. If you're looking for downsides, you can have misgivings about Ben getting banged up on the second to last play of the first half. In relief, Byron Leftwich would have looked better if Nate Washington could have hauled anything in. That and my fantasy team took a hit from the limited output from Santonio Holmes (or course, when you jump to that kind of lead, that's bound to happen).
If there's a theme to be gleaned from the Tomlin era from last year, it's that the Steelers come out of the gate strong, but this is no early-season-disheleved Browns or Bills team. Houston was and continues to be a borderline playoff team. It's an encouraging sign no doubt, and the Steelers have more insurance this year for durability concerns, but I'll wait to see if this kind of showing is the norm before getting truly carried away.