Big Games By Schaub, Johnson Nearly Wasted; Texans Edge Rams 16-13

Kris Brown

A weird thing happened at Edward Jones Dome Sunday when the St. Louis Rams hosted the Houston Texans. First the expected – the Texans outgained the Rams 419-237, had more first downs (22-15) and a minute and twenty seconds more of ball possession time. One would think “easy victory”, right? Not so fast. The Texans did march down the field with relative ease, but they couldn’t hit paydirt when it mattered; a 28-yard field goal by Kris Brown helped Houston escape with the 16-13 win over St. Louis.

The Texans drew first blood on a 27-yard FG by Brown with 3:30 left in the first quarter, but the Rams led at halftime for only the fourth time all season on Keith Null’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola that made it 10-6, and the teams were tied at 13-all after three quarters after Josh Brown’s 52-yard field goal.

Andre Johnson had receptions of 30 and 44 yards on consecutive plays to put the Texans at the St. Louis 12 on the go-ahead drive. Houston settled for a 28-yard field goal by Kris Brown, his third of the game, with 4:36 to go. The Rams had a chance to go ahead, but they opted to punt on 4th-and-10 with 2:28 left in the game; the Texans gave the ball to Ryan Moats who would rush for a first down, icing the game for Houston.

Schaub had an excellent outing, numbers-wise, as he went 28-of-40 for 367 yards with a touchdown while Null went 18-of-27 for 173 yards with a TD and an interception. Moats led the Texans with 46 yards rushing on 13 carries while Steven Jackson led the Rams with 82 yards on 20 carries while leading the team in receptions with 4 for 41 yards.

Johnson had a huge game, catching 9 passes for 196 yards while Kevin Walter caught 4 for 42 yards and a TD; Donnie Avery caught 4 for 32 yards in a losing effort for the Rams. Houston (7-7) plays again next Sunday when they travel to Miami to face the Dolphins while St. Louis (1-13) flies to Glendale to take on the Arizona Cardinals – also next Sunday.

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