Like an easy drive on a Sunday afternoon, the Houston Texans took apart the Cleveland Browns with what seemed little effort Sunday.
The result – a yawner 30-12 win at Reliant Stadium to move the Texans to 6-3 on the season, and it drops the Browns to 3-5. The game seemed over 8 minutes in when the Texans went up 14-0 after a pair of rushing touchdowns, one by Ben Tate and the other by QB Matt Schaub.
The Texans dominated it so thoroughly, they set a franchise record for rushing yards in a game with 261 yards on 40 carries, an average of 6.5 yards per carry. Both Arian Foster (124) and Ben Tate (115) went over 100 yards on the ground, and the team held the ball for 35:15 to 24:45 for the Browns.
Houston took the opening kickoff and went 82 yards in 9 plays in what seemed with ease. The 5:10 drive was highlighted by a Schaub 22-yard pass to tight end Joel Dreessen on the second play of the drive. Tate wrapped it up with a 27-yard TD run that saw him go nearly untouched for the score to make it 7-0.
Former Texans practice squad running back Chris Ogbonnaya gave the Texans the ball back on Cleveland’s first offensive play, as he fumbled and J.J. Watt recovered it at the Cleveland 28.
Six plays later from third-and-goal from the two, Schaub looked to throw before scooting in for the score to put Houston up by two touchdowns.
The Texans defense made it a long half for former Texas QB and now Browns signal caller Colt McCoy. He was hit on a number of occasions, and at the end of the half threw a bad pick to Quinten Demps, who took it back 42 yards to set up a Neil Rackers 28-yard field goal to end the half at 24-3.
The second half the Texans for the most part put it in cruise control. They got two more Rackers field goals, one from 21 yards out on their first second half drive, and the other from 50 yards out with 10:35 to play.
Schaub was 14-for-23 for 119 yards with no TD’s and one pick. He was not sacked on the day. Colt McCoy was beat up all day by the Texans, and was sacked four times. He wrapped up the day 14-for-22 for 146 yards with a late TD to Josh Cribbs in garbage time and a pick.
The Texans outgained the Browns 380 to 172, and had 21 first downs to 10 for Cleveland.
Now for the first time in franchise history, the Texans are three games over .500. Next week they go to Tampa Bay to play the Bucs before getting their bye in week 11.