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Cleveland cures Houston's woes


Cleveland cures Houston's woes
Win is first away from home since last November


CLEVELAND -- They didn't get lost or have to ask for directions. Finally, the Houston Texans had a road trip to remember.

Sage Rosenfels passed for 275 yards and a touchdown, and Kris Brown kicked three field goals as Houston snapped an eight-game losing streak outside Texas with a 16-6 win Sunday over the bumbling Cleveland Browns , who capped another tumultuous week with another troubling loss.

"It's a great feeling," Rosenfels said. "It's a huge, huge win for us. Cleveland's a tough place to play. For us to come in here and play like this shows a lot about our players and our coaches."

The Texans (4-7) had lost five straight road games this season and hadn't won away from home since Nov. 4, 2007, at Oakland. But all it took was a weekend in Cleveland to fix their travel woes.

"When you are on the road and you see the crowd filing out, that's the way you want it to be," defensive end Anthony Weaver said.

Rosenfels, a career backup, had his best game since replacing the injured Matt Schaub three weeks ago. He went 24 of 32 and hooked up with Kevin Walter on a 17-yard TD pass in the first quarter. However, Rosenfels nearly let the Browns back in it with a pair of interceptions in the second half.

Andre Johnson had 10 catches for 116 yards as the Texans also ended a three-game losing streak. Johnson went over 1,000 yards receiving for the third time in his career. He has 1,071 yards on 81 catches.

It has gone from bad to worse for the Browns (4-7).

They lost their third straight at home, made five turnovers and watched their ever-faithful fans, who have endured a decade of dysfunction, leave by the tens of thousands in the final minutes. Unlike the previous two losses, the Browns didn't blow a double-digit lead as they fell behind 10-0 early and never recovered.

Cleveland quarterback Brady Quinn was pulled in the second half of his third start by coach Romeo Crennel after throwing two interceptions, the second a killer inside Houston's 10-yard line.

Quinn was playing with a broken right index finger on his throwing hand, but Crennel said the injury was not the lone reason for switching to Derek Anderson, who lost his starting job to Quinn three weeks ago.

"It was a combination of his decisions that could have been a little better and the injury to his finger," Crennel said in explaining his surprising move. "I decided to play the other guy for a little bit to see if that could give us a spark, and that didn't work either."

Nothing, it seems, works for the Browns these days.

Quinn went 8-of-18 for 94 yards, picking up 42 on a pass to Braylon Edwards in the second quarter. Quinn said his fractured finger, which the former Notre Dame star hurt in Monday night's win over the Buffalo Bills , was not a factor in his poor performance.

Cleveland's loss capped a turbulent week for the Browns, who could be on the verge of another massive rebuild this winter. On Thursday, general manager Phil Savage apologized for sending a profane e-mail to a fan following Monday's win over the Bills. Savage's admission was the latest episode in a soap opera of a season perhaps best defined by Edwards' slippery hands.

A Pro Bowler last season, Edwards leads the NFL in dropped passes. He had three more on Sunday, including a potential TD in the final minutes.

"It would have been difficult, but I hold myself to a higher standard," Edwards said of the leaping attempt he couldn't haul in. "That's a catch that I've got to make for this team. I'm not worried about what people on the outside say. I'm just worried about my team. When they are depending on me to make a play, and they're calling my number I've got to deliver.

"I don't what it is, but I got to go somewhere and get my head together."

@2-Graphic body [7/8].5:Houston 7 6 3 0--16

Cleveland 0 6 0 0-- 6

Hou--Walter 17 pass from Rosenfels (K.Brown kick), 6:49.

Hou--FG K.Brown 31, 13:37.

Cle--FG Dawson 32, 7:59.

Cle--FG Dawson 32, 2:20.

Hou--FG K.Brown 31, :03.

Hou--FG K.Brown 36, 8:48.

A--72,077.

team statistics

Hou Cle

First downs 19 15

Total Net Yards 383 240

Rushes-yards 36-112 20-95

Passing 271 145

Punt Returns 2-18 2-10

Kickoff Returns 2-43 4-104

Interceptions Ret. 3-29 2-28

Comp-Att-Int 24-32-2 13-32-3

Sacked-Yards Lost 1-4 0-0

Punts 3-43.0 2-52.0

Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-2

Penalties-Yards 11-84 5-40

Time of Possession 37:25 22:35

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--Houston, Slaton 21-73, Green 13-39, Rosenfels 2-0. Cleveland, Lewis 10-58, Harrison 7-31, Cribbs 2-6, Anderson 1-0.

PASSING--Houston, Rosenfels 24-32-2-275. Cleveland, Quinn 8-18-2-94, Anderson 5-14-1-51.

RECEIVING--Houston, A.Johnson 10-116, Walter 7-93, Daniels 3-28, Anderson 1-11, Davis 1-10, Leach 1-9, Green 1-8. Cleveland, Edwards 5-85, Lewis 2-10, Stallworth 1-18, Winslow 1-11, Harrison 1-8, Heiden 1-5, Steptoe 1-4, Vickers 1-4.

MISSED FIELD GOALS--Houston, K.Brown 49 (BK), 56 (WR). Cleveland, Dawson 39 (WL).



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 24, 2008

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