CLEVELAND - Most Browns fans thought the team would be able to defeat the Texans at home before getting ready to play the Colts, Titans and Eagles.
They were wrong.
The Browns dropped to 4-7 as they did little against the Texans, despite getting opportunity after opportunity. Meanwhile, it was the first win of the season on the road for the Texans.
Anderson wasn't much better. He was 5-of-14 for 51 yards and an interception and a 17.3 rating.
All in all, the Browns had five turnovers—not a recipe for success.
After going 7-1 at home in 2007, the Browns have won just one game at home thus far this season with the Colts and Bengals the only remaining home games.
It certainly wasn't the outcome 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 looked as though they picked up where they left off with the Bills in not being able to stop the offense until the second half.
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.
The Browns received the second half kickoff, but did nothing with it as they ran three plays and punted. The Texans started at their own 31, but after a 22-yard pass play to Walters had the ball in Browns' territory. The Texans were moving but on third down, Brodney Pool stepped in front of Daniels and intercepted the pass and returned it to the 45.
On the second play after Pool's interception, Anthony Weaver stepped in front of Edwards and intercepted the pass and returned it to the Browns' 43.
The Texans converted on the mistake as Brown kicked a 36-yard field goal to make it 16-6 with 8:48 to play in the third quarter. After the interception, Rosenfels hit Johnson for a 19-yard gain to the 24. The Texans moved to the 18 before Brown kicked his third field goal of the game.
Following the field goal, Josh Cribbs returned the kickoff 34 yards to the 37. Lewis had the best run of the game for 16 yards to the Texans' 47. Three more runs by Lewis had the ball at the 27. Quinn hit Edwards on a slant for seven yards to the 20 on third down. Two more runs by Lewis took the ball to the 12.
On third down, Quinn tried to hit Edwards on a slant and Fred Bennett stepped in front of Edwards thwarting the scoring attempt with the interception.
Derek Anderson came in to relieve Quinn on the Browns' next possession but the Browns ran just three plays and punted. On the Browns punt, Alex Hall caused a fumble but the Browns were unable to get the loose ball as Antwaun Molden recovered at the Texans' 26.
After a punt by the Texans, the Browns took over on their own 30 and the Browns moved to the Texans' 21 before Dawson missed a 39-yard field goal. A screen pass to Harrison picked up eight yards and a 15-yard face mask penalty on Mario Williams took the ball to the Texans' 47. On first down, Edwards was called for a false start, but then Anderson hit Donte Stallworth for 18 yards to the Texans' 34.
After back-to-back false start and holding penalties on Joe Thomas, the Browns were back to the 45. Anderson looked as though he hooked up with Edwards near the 25, but Edwards dropped the ball and the Browns were at third-and-20.
A short pass to Jason Wright didn't matter as an illegal contact penalty on the Texans gave the Browns a first down on the 40, bailing them out of a fourth-and-16 situation.
Another illegal contact on the Dunta Robinson gave the Browns a first down on the 35 after two incomplete passes. Incomplete passes on all three downs put the Browns in a fourth-and-10 situation at the 35. Anderson hit Edwards on a slant and Edwards was able to stretch for the first down to the 25.
A four-yard run by Cribbs took the ball to the 21. A shot to the end zone to Edwards on second and third down were incomplete and Dawson's field goal attempt was wide left with 7:34 to play.
After the missed field goal, instead of running the ball and taking time off the clock, Rosenfels attempted to pass and Sean Jones intercepted the pass and returned it to the Texans' 27 with 6:38 to play.
On first down, Anderson hit Winslow, but he was called for offensive interference and the Browns had first-and-20 on the 37. Lewis fumbled on the next play and Xavier Adibi recovered at the 45.
Trailing 16-6, the Browns started at their 20 and tried to mount a drive, but a pass by Anderson to Wright went off his hands and it was intercepted by Reeves at the Browns' 23.
Steve Slaton rook the ball to the five on a run and the Texans were able to run out the clock.
Quinn Pulled: 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. Quinn threw his first interception in the third quarter when Anthony Weaver stepped in front of TE Kellen Winslow at the Browns' 43. He threw his second inside the Texans' 10 when he tried to hit WR Braylon Edwards and CB Fred Bennett stepped in front of him for the interception. Quinn was benched in favor of QB Derek Anderson after the second interception. He finished 8-of-18 for 94 yards and a 21.3 QB rating.
DA in Relief: QB Derek Anderson replaced Quinn on the final play of the third quarter. Anderson wasn't much more effective as he was three-and-out on his first possession with a pass that should've been intercepted dropped. Anderson was just 5-of-14 for 51 yards and a 17.3 rating.
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. The Texans did not punt until 14 seconds left in the third quarter. The Browns did have a stop on third-and-one on the Texans' next possession.
Safety Pick: DB Brodney Pool intercepted QB Sage Rosenfel in the third quarter. It was his third of the season. In the fourth quarter, Sean Jones picked up an interception.
A little Rush: LB Kamerion Wimbley sacked QB Sage Rosenfels in the second quarter. It was the Browns only sack.
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. Harrison finished with seven carries for 31 yards.
Flag Day: The Texans had seven penalties in the first half for 55 yards. None were bigger than a holding that negated a kickoff return for a score by Andre Davis. The Browns had just one for 10 yards in the first half and finished with five for 40 yards. The Texans had 11 for 84 yards.
Rough Day for Jamal: RB Jamal Lewis had two costly fumbles in the game. He rushed 11 times for 50 yards and had two receptions for 10 yards.
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. However, he re-injured the ankle and did not return.
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.