To start, let's take a look at the first game against the Steelers. Their roster full of veterans, all of them (except one or two) familiar with the Steelers' system. On the other hand, we had Schaub and Green back for the first game, testing their physical condition. Slaton and Brown as rookies. Brisiel and Bennett still finding their footing. Myers and Reeves first time in Texans uni. Okoye with his young age. Diles as first time starter. Demps who fell out of favor with the coaches. And we had Faggins in place of Dunta (injured.) The conditions were ripe for the Steelers to test our O-line and Schaub. So they did. And one would figure the Texans would play conservative defense??? The truth was anything but that. I will only look at the first half, in which we held the ball a fraction more, and ran the same numbers of play as the Steelers (27). We ran 10 times for 25 yards, with Slaton 6 for 14 yds. We passed 17 times for 80 yds and Schaub threw 2 Ints. They run 17 times for 69 yds and passed 10 times for 103 yds. We blitzed 5 times (50% of the time they attempted to pass.) Once, Mario got to the QB and forced a fumble with Demeco recovering. The Steelers blitzed 10 times (58.8%) But we also brought more than 4 men attacking the LOS another 12 times (but they ran the ball.) They did it 8 times. We also call a Red Dog once (brought a LB and dropped a lineman.) We showed blitzes 5 more times, the Steelers 8 times. We had movement up front 3 more times, when one or more of the back 7 hovered within 3 yds from the LOS. Overall, both teams played aggressive defense in 26 out of 27 plays. We recorded 2 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, 1 quarterback hurry. We forced 2 fumbles and recover once. The Steelers had 2 sacks, 3 TFLs, 3 QBHs, and 2 Ints. There wasn't a whole lot of difference in how both Defenses try to play, only in the results. And we made more costly mistakes in the defensive backfield. How that affects the scheme/play of our defense in later games? Were there other reasons? Inputs, anybody?