CLEVELAND - It certainly hasn't been the start the Browns were hoping for against a team that came into the game winless on the road. If not for a penalty on a 93-yard kickoff return for a score by Andre Davis, the Browns would be down 17-7. They are down n 13-6 at the half, but the defense looks as though they have picked up where they left off with the Bills in not being able to stop the offense.
The Texans took the opening kickoff and took a quick 7-0 lead with 6:49 to play in the opening quarter as Sage Rosenfels hit Kevin Walter on a 17-yard touchdown toss as Walter leapt over Brandon McDonald for the score. The Texans had the ball for 8:11 and covered 79 yards in 14 plays on the drive. They overcome two penalties on the drive on their way to the score. . Rosenfels had completions to David Anderson and Andre Johnson for 11- and 10-yards to Browns' territory to start the drive. A third down completion to Walters took the ball to the Browns' 32. On third-and-6 from the 17, Rosenfels hit Walter for the score. Rosenfels was 6-of-7 for 60 yards, including the touchdown on the drive. His only incompletion was a drop by running back Ahman Green on a short pass.
The Texans pushed their lead to 10-0 as they capitalized on the Browns' miscue as Kris Brown hit a 31-yard field goal with13:37 left in the second quarter. Immediately, the Texans were marching as Rosenfels hit Walter for 12 yards to take the ball inside the 30. After another first down, the Texans faced fourth down-and-inches at the Browns' 15 and went for the first down. Ahman Green picked up four yards to keep the drive going. After a penalty, the Texans had third-and-12 and Green picked up just two yards and the Texans settled for the field goal.
The Browns got on the board with 7:59 to play as Phil Dawson hit a 32-yard field goal to make it 10-3. The Browns moved to the Texans' 14 before stalling after moving 62 yards in 12 plays. Key plays on the drive were a 17-yard pass to Braylon Edwards and a 7-yard run by Lewis on third-and-one to the Texans' 42. Jerome Harrison was the main carrier on the drive as he picked up a 12-yard run to the 30 and then had a 7-yard run to pick up a first down to the 18. On third-and-6 from the 14, Brady Quinn threw incomplete behind Kellen Winslow.
The Texans attempted a field goal by Brown, but Shaun Rogers blocked the attempt and the Browns took over at their 38. After the Dawson field goal and after starting at their 20, the Texans quickly moved to the Browns' 33 after just three plays. Kamerion Wimbley sacked Rosenfels after a procedure penalty took the ball back to the 42. After two short plays, the Texans were stopped at the 34 and they attempted the field goal.
After the blocked field goal, Dawson kicked his second field goal from 32 yards to make it 10-6 with 2:20 to play in the first half. Quinn threw deep to Edwards on the first play as Edwards leapt over Reeves and came down with a 42-yard reception to the Texans' 19. After an incompletion to Edwards in the end zone, Lewis caught a four-yard screen pass before Quinn threw an incomplete pass to Edwards before Dawson kicked the field goal.
Prior to halftime, the Texans moved to the Browns 13 before Brown kicked a 31-yard field goal with three seconds left. The Texans converted two fourth down plays, with the last one being a 22-yard reception to Johnson.
The Texans converted an onside kick as Ryan Moats recovered it with one second to play at the Browns' 38. Brown's attempt from 56 yards was wide right.
Quinn Seems Fine: Despite playing with a fractured index finger, QB Brady Quinn was 7-of-13 for 87 yards in the first half with a QB rating of 74.8. His favorite target was WR Braylon Edwards, who had three catches for 68 yards, including a 42-yard play.
Lucky Break: After the Browns drew within four at 10-6, former Browns WR Andre Davis broke loose on a 93-yard touchdown run, but a holding penalty on Dominique Barber negated the score and the Texans started at their own 14.
Big Shaun: DL Shaun Rogers broke through and blocked the field goal attempt by K Kris Brown in the second quarter. It was Rogers' second blocked field goal of the season.
At Will: The Texans pretty much moved the ball on offense without much resistance from the Browns defense. QB Sage Rosenfels was 16 –of-20 for 190 yards with one touchdown. Of his incompletions, one was a drop and another was a spike to stop the clock.
A little Rush: LB Kamerion Wimbley sacked QB Sage Rosenfels in the second quarter.
Harrison Sighting: Despite injuring his hamstring against the Bills, RB Jerome Harrison was in the back field to start the Browns' second possession after the fumble by RB Jamal Lewis. Harrison had a one-yard gain on the first play. Harrison also had a 12-yard run to the Texans' 30 and a key run of seven yards on third down to pick up a first down. He carried the ball four times on the drive for 24 yards. Lewis had two carries for 13 yards.
Active D'Qwell: LB D'Qwell Jackson had six tackles in the first half.
Strange Play: On the Browns' first play from scrimmage, QB Brady Quinn threw an out to WR Braylon Edwards for nine yards and he slipped. After appearing to not be touched down, Edwards got up and ran 14 more yards. However, after the officials gathered, they ruled he was touched at the original spot.
Dinkins Hurt: TE Darnell Dinkins injured his ankle on the opening kickoff, but was able to return in the first half.
Where's Travis?: After starting for CB Brandon McDonald a week ago, CB Travis Daniels was inactive.
Winslow Starts, Smith Inactive: Inactives for the Browns include DL Shaun Smith, TE Martin Rucker, WR Steve Sanders, OL Scott Young, LB Kris Griffin, DB Hamza Abdullah, DB Travis Daniels and Ken Dorsey is the third QB. Santonio Thomas starts at RDE for Smith.
Winslow dropped the first pass throw his way.
For the Texans, QB Matt Schaub, FB Cecil Sapp, SS Will Demps, LB Kevis Coley, G Kasey Studdard, OT Rashad Butler, TE Mark Bruener and DL Frank Okam. Dunta Robinson starts for Jacques Reeves at RCB, while Reeves starts at LCB for Fred Bennett. Sage Rosenfels starts for Schaub at quarterback.