The Houston Texans had been a team known for turning the ball over quite a bit in 2008, even more so with Sage Rosenfels at quarterback. Sunday in Cleveland against a fading fast Browns team, it was Cleveland that was in the giving mood, giving up five turnovers in a Texans 16-6 victory to move to 4-7 on the season. The loss drops Cleveland to 4-7 as well.
Brady Quinn looked like a rookie in his third start for Cleveland, as he was pulled after throwing two bad INT’s in the second half, one of which came inside the Texans red zone with the team trailing by 10 late in the third quarter. Derek Anderson was not much better, as he was not able to move the team, going 5-14 for 51 yards with a pick of his own.
Rosenfels had his best game of the year for Houston, despite throwing two bad picks of his own, he threw for 275 yards with a TD on the teams first drive of the day to Kevin Walter from 17 yards out that set the tempo. Walter and Andre Johnson owned the Browns, catching a combined 17 passes for 219 yards with the TD.
For the Browns, it was a very inept day on offense for a team that felt it was coming into form after the Monday night win in Buffalo. Quinn was off most of the day, the running game did very little to help, and by the time Anderson came in, the team was basically fighting for their lives to get back into the game.
Houston also got a good day from their ground game. The combo of Steve Slaton and Ahman Green went for 112 yards, as compared to Browns backs Jamal Lewis and Jerome Harrison, who ran for 89 yards. The Browns again this week had to put up with distractions from a bonehead move from their GM, who sent out an email to a fan with an F-bomb in it.
Speaking of bombs, that is the season that the Browns have had, and believe me, changes are coming. For the Texans, they have had a tough season in their own right, but at the same time, they had lost 8 straight on the road, so a win in Cleveland will for sure be on their highlight film.
Cleveland will host the Colts next Sunday at home. The Texans will be at home for the Jaguars.