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Texans get 9th straight win, 29-13, win over Browns

HOUSTON (AP) After the Houston Texans extended their franchise record with a ninth straight win on Sunday, J.J. Watt was asked to reflect on how far the team has come in the past year.

''I was on the couch a year ago so this is a lot better,'' said Watt, who missed the last 11 games of Houston's 4-12 2017 season with a broken leg. ''I was in a lot of pain. So it's good for us to be winning ... this is what it's supposed to feel like. Honestly this is how you dream it up.''

Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass and the Texans intercepted rookie Baker Mayfield three times, returning one for a score, to get the 29-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday that extended the streak.

The Texans (9-3), who opened the season 0-3, haven't lost since Sept. 23 to take a commanding lead atop the AFC South. While they appreciate what they've done to turn things around, they're quick to note that they still have plenty of work left to do.

''It means a lot especially from where we came from 0-3 ... but it's not the Super Bowl so we're still fighting,'' receiver DeAndre Hopkins said.

Houston raced out to a 23-0 halftime lead and added two second-half field goals by Ka'imi Fairbairn to give him five on Sunday.

Mayfield, the top overall pick in this year's draft, had his worst game of the season, throwing three interceptions for the first time since he was a freshman at Texas Tech in 2013. He entered the game having thrown nine touchdown passes with just one interception in the past three games as the Browns (4-7-1) won consecutive games for the first time since 2014.

Mayfield lamented the mistakes he made in this one.

''(If) I would've taken care of the ball, this game would've been very close,'' he said.

He finished with 397 yards passing and had a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter after throwing a career-best four in a win over the Bengals last week. Houston's fearsome pass rush, led by Watt and Jadeveon Clowney didn't sack Mayfield, but they hurried and harassed him for much of the day.

His interceptions all came before halftime to help the Texans build the big early lead.

''He probably wasn't feeling too dangerous in the first half, but he was feeling a little more dangerous in the second half,'' Watt said.

Houston was up 3-0 after an early field goal when Watson, who finished with 224 yards, connected with rookie Jordan Thomas on an 11-yard touchdown pass. Hopkins set up that score when he made a 24-yard reception after T.J. Carrie grabbed his dreadlocks in an attempt to slow him down two plays earlier.

Zach Cunningham made it 17-0 when he grabbed his first career interception and ran 38 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Officials first ruled him down at the 1, but the play was reviewed and changed to a touchdown.

Kareem Jackson was called for a 47-yard pass interference penalty on Cleveland's next drive to put the Browns at their 20. But Mayfield threw another interception two plays later and it was returned 18 yards by Johnathan Joseph.

Houston added another field goal to make it 20-0 with about three minutes left in the second quarter.

Mayfield's third interception came late in the second quarter when Andre Hal grabbed the ball in the end zone.

Lamar Miller had 103 yards rushing for his second straight 100-yard game and fourth of the season and Hopkins had seven receptions for 91 yards.

Cleveland continued to struggle in late-season games, and the Browns fell to 9-39 in December and January games since 2008.

Nick Chubb got the Browns on the board in the third quarter when his 2-yard TD run cut the lead to 23-7 with about 9 1/2 minutes left. Rashard Higgins had a 17-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, but the 2-point conversion failed to leave the Browns down 29-13.

Houston added another field goal after that before a mistake-filled possession by the Browns. First Mayfield threw what looked to be a 76-yard touchdown pass to rookie Antonio Callaway, but it was brought back because of a holding penalty by left tackle Greg Robinson.

Two plays later, Mayfield connected with Callaway again and he gained 71 yards before rookie Justin Reid chased him down from behind and knocked the ball out of his hands just before he would have scored. It bounced into the end zone where it was recovered by the Texans.

''It was just trying to make something happen,'' Reid said. ''I didn't want him to score so just make a play on the ball and see if it would come out. Good thing for us it did.''

INJURIES

Cleveland cornerback Denzel Ward left in the first half with a concussion. ... Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi injured his biceps in the second quarter and didn't return. ... Joseph didn't return after injuring his neck in the second quarter. ... LB Brennan Scarlett injured his leg and didn't return. ... Houston offensive tackle Kendall Lamm left in the second half with a concussion.

REMEMBERING PRESIDENT BUSH

The Texans observed a moment of silence before the game for former President George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday night in Houston at 94. Bush was a frequent visitor to Houston's games and had participated in the coin toss at several contests. During the moment of silence pictures of Bush at various games were shown on the video screens flanked by huge 41's made out of a collage of pictures as a further tribute to the nation's 41st president.

UP NEXT

Browns: Host the Panthers next Sunday.

Texans: Host the Colts next Sunday.

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Key Players
B. Mayfield 6 QB
397 PaYds, PaTD, 3 INTs
15
FPTS
D. Watson 4 QB
224 PaYds, PaTD, 30 RuYds
17
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 2:58
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. B.Mayfield pass to A.Callaway is complete. ATTEMPT FAILS. Tackle by #25
plays
yds
pos
13
29
Touchdown 2:58
B.Mayfield pass deep right to R.Higgins for 17 yards TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
75
yds
2:48
pos
13
29
Field Goal 5:50
K.Fairbairn 38 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
8
plays
44
yds
3:59
pos
7
29
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:31
K.Fairbairn 53 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
9
plays
40
yds
4:13
pos
7
26
Point After TD 9:39
G.Joseph extra point is GOOD Center-C.Hughlett Holder-B.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
7
23
Touchdown 9:39
N.Chubb up the middle for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
75
yds
5:21
pos
6
23
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:05
K.Fairbairn 48 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
10
plays
50
yds
1:43
pos
0
23
Field Goal 3:24
K.Fairbairn 42 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
7
plays
27
yds
3:18
pos
0
20
Point After TD 7:26
K.Fairbairn extra point is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel
plays
yds
pos
0
17
Touchdown 7:36
B.Mayfield pass short middle intended for A.Callaway INTERCEPTED by Z.Cunningham at CLE 38. Z.Cunningham pushed ob at CLE 1 for 37 yards (B.Mayfield). Penalty on CLE-G.Robinson Offensive Holding declined. The Replay Official reviewed the runner was out of bounds ruling and the play was REVERSED. B.Mayfield pass short middle intended for A.Callaway INTERCEPTED by Z.Cunningham at CLE 38. Z.Cunningham for 38 yards TOUCHDOWN. Penalty on CLE-G.Robinson Offensive Holding declined.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
0
16
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:38
K.Fairbairn extra point is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
plays
yds
pos
0
10
Touchdown 0:38
D.Watson pass short right to J.Thomas for 11 yards TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
82
yds
5:38
pos
0
9
Field Goal 8:15
K.Fairbairn 35 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel. Penalty on CLE-D.Kindred Running Into the Kicker declined.
13
plays
63
yds
6:48
pos
0
3
Team Stats
Time of Pos 22:25 37:35
1st Downs 20 25
Rushing 3 11
Passing 15 12
Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Conv 2-8 8-16
4th Down Conv 0-2 0-0
Total Net Yards 428 384
Total Plays 52 74
Avg Gain 8.2 5.2
Net Yards Rushing 31 187
Rush Attempts 9 39
Avg Rush Yards 3.4 4.8
Net Yards Passing 397 197
Comp. - Att. 29-43 22-31
Yards Per Pass 9.2 6.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 4-27
Penalties - Yards 6-45 5-77
Touchdowns 2 1
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 4 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 2-0
Int. Thrown 3 0
Punts - Avg 2-35.5 3-38.0
Return Yards 107 23
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 5-107 1-23
Int. - Returns 0-0 3-0
Kicking 1/1 7/7
Extra Points 1/1 2/2
Field Goals 0/0 5/5
Red Zone Eff. 2-2 -100% 1-2 -50%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 0-0 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Browns 4-7-1 007613
Texans 9-3 10133329
397 PASS YDS 197
31 RUSH YDS 187
428 TOTAL YDS 384
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Mayfield 6 QB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.4% 397 1 3 75.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.3% 2639 18 10 91.1
B. Mayfield 29/43 397 1 3 15
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
N. Chubb 24 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 31 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
131 694 7
N. Chubb 9 31 1 11 13
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Landry 80 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 6 103 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 66 733 2
J. Landry 9 6 103 0 28 10
A. Callaway 11 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 84 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 472 3
A. Callaway 6 3 84 0 71 6
R. Higgins 81 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 62 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 377 3
R. Higgins 4 4 62 1 21 12
N. Chubb 24 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 41 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 133 2
N. Chubb 3 3 41 0 24 13
D. Hilliard 25 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 40 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 70 0
D. Hilliard 4 4 40 0 23 4
B. Perriman 19 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 26 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 107 0
B. Perriman 2 2 26 0 19 2
S. DeValve 87 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 73 1
S. DeValve 2 1 19 0 19 0
D. Johnson 29 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 36 347 3
D. Johnson 3 2 12 0 7 1
D. Njoku 85 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 44 439 3
D. Njoku 6 3 8 0 9 0
D. Ratley 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 2 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 144 0
D. Ratley 1 1 2 0 2 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Randall 23 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
59-6 3 0.0
D. Randall 7-1 0.0 0 0
T. Carrie 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-15 0 1.0
T. Carrie 6-2 0.0 0 0
E. Ogbah 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-11 0 3.0
E. Ogbah 4-2 1.0 0 0
P. Gaines 33 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-8 0 0.0
P. Gaines 4-2 0.0 0 0
J. Peppers 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-22 0 0.0
J. Peppers 3-5 0.0 0 0
B. Boddy-Calhoun 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-7 0 0.0
B. Boddy-Calhoun 2-0 0.0 0 1
J. Schobert 53 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-9 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-40 1 1.5
J. Schobert 2-9 0.5 0 0
D. Kindred 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-11 1 0.0
D. Kindred 2-3 0.0 0 0
J. Collins 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
51-28 1 2.0
J. Collins 2-2 0.0 0 0
T. Vallejo 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-6 0 0.0
T. Vallejo 2-2 0.0 0 0
B. Price 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-6 0 0.0
B. Price 2-2 0.0 0 0
M. Garrett 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-6 0 11.5
M. Garrett 2-1 1.5 0 0
C. Smith 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-5 0 1.0
C. Smith 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Coley 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-19 0 0.0
T. Coley 1-6 0.0 0 0
G. Avery 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-7 0 3.0
G. Avery 1-2 1.0 0 0
D. Ward 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-12 3 0.0
D. Ward 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. Zettel 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-6 0 0.0
A. Zettel 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Joseph 17 K
1
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 1/1
SEASON FG XP
11/13 16/18
G. Joseph 0/0 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Colquitt 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 45.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
70 45.2 30
B. Colquitt 2 45.5 0 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Hilliard 25 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 22.7 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 23.3 31 0
D. Hilliard 3 22.7 26 0
O. Charles 82 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
O. Charles 1 12.0 12 0
J. Peppers 22 FS
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 27.0 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
16 21.3 28 0
J. Peppers 1 27.0 27 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Watson 4 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71% 224 1 0 102.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.5% 3031 21 9 101.1
D. Watson 22/31 224 1 0 17
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Miller 26 RB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 103 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
176 876 3
L. Miller 19 103 0 32 11
A. Blue 28 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 54 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
128 446 1
A. Blue 13 54 0 17 5
D. Watson 4 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 30 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
69 375 2
D. Watson 7 30 0 11 17
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Hopkins 10 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
12 7 91 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 80 1115 8
D. Hopkins 12 7 91 0 29 9
J. Thomas 83 TE
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 32 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 176 4
J. Thomas 3 3 32 1 15 9
D. Thomas 87 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 32 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 46 533 5
D. Thomas 5 3 32 0 15 3
D. Carter 14 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 6 32 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 67 0
D. Carter 6 6 32 0 11 3
J. Akins 88 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 152 0
J. Akins 1 1 13 0 13 1
L. Miller 26 RB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 144 1
L. Miller 1 1 12 0 12 11
R. Griffin 84 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 203 0
R. Griffin 1 1 12 0 12 1
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
A. Colvin 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-6 0 0.0
A. Colvin 5-1 0.0 0 0
T. Mathieu 32 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
60-12 2 3.0
T. Mathieu 5-1 0.0 0 0
K. Jackson 25 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
53-14 2 1.0
K. Jackson 4-0 0.0 0 0
J. Reid 20 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-12 3 0.0
J. Reid 3-1 0.0 0 1
S. Wright 43 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-4 0 0.0
S. Wright 2-1 0.0 0 0
A. Hal 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
A. Hal 2-0 0.0 1 0
B. McKinney 55 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
53-31 0 1.0
B. McKinney 2-2 0.0 0 0
D. Reader 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-5 0 2.0
D. Reader 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Watt 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-11 0 11.0
J. Watt 1-0 0.0 0 0
W. Mercilus 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-14 0 3.0
W. Mercilus 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. Blackson 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-5 0 1.0
A. Blackson 1-0 0.0 0 0
Z. Cunningham 41 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-20 1 0.0
Z. Cunningham 1-1 0.0 1 0
J. Joseph 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-7 2 0.0
J. Joseph 1-0 0.0 1 0
J. Clowney 90 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-5 0 7.0
J. Clowney 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Cole 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
D. Cole 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Peters 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.0
B. Peters 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Dunn 92 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-10 0 0.0
B. Dunn 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
K. Fairbairn 7 K
17
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
5/5 2/2
SEASON FG XP
29/34 29/30
K. Fairbairn 5/5 53 2/2 17
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Daniel 8 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 38.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
52 43.9 27
T. Daniel 3 38.0 3 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Carter 14 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 21.2 30 0
D. Carter 1 23.0 23 0
J. Reid 20 SS
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
J. Reid 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Carter 14 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
15 10.4 84 0
D. Carter 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:12 CLE 25 1:56 3 5 Punt
0:38 CLE 25 2:20 5 24 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:26 CLE 20 0:49 1 37 INT
3:19 CLE 29 1:35 5 33 INT
0:01 CLE 38 5:21 9 75 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
5:26 CLE 25 1:51 3 69 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:16 CLE 6 2:31 6 58 Downs
5:46 CLE 25 2:48 9 75 TD
1:45 CLE 6 1:37 7 57 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 HOU 21 6:48 13 63 FG
6:16 HOU 16 5:38 10 82 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:18 HOU 20 4:16 8 40 Punt
9:02 CLE 11 1:36 4 17 INT
6:37 HOU 49 3:18 7 27 FG
1:52 HOU 38 1:43 10 50 FG
1:44 HOU 20 1:43 10 50 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:39 HOU 25 4:13 9 40 FG
3:35 HOU 7 6:19 10 35 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:45 HOU 36 3:59 8 44 FG
2:58 CLE 30 1:13 3 -1 Punt
0:08 HOU 37 0:08 1 -1 Game