The Texans are simply not good enough to turn the ball over three times and win on the road.
After he was hurt, but before he was pulled, Matt Schaub threw one interception and lost a fumble on a sack. Replacement Sage Rosenfels threw a pick in the end zone in the third quarter. The giveaways were far more than the Texans could survive in Minnesota.
Poised to move to 4-4 after an 0-4 start, Houston slipped again and stands at 3-5 at the halfway point of its season.
Houston's defense got an interception return for a score by Jacques Reeves, but he was also victimized on a big pass play to Bernard Berrian. So was Dunta Robinson, who flailed at a chance to bring Berrian down. The two catches were worth 102 yards and a score.
The defense's red-zone troubles also continued. Minnesota scored touchdowns on two trips inside the 20, then kneeled out the clock in a third.
On the NFL Network highlights I noticed the career records of the two head coaches prior to kickoff. Brad Childress and Gary Kubiak are both in their third seasons, and both were 17-22. Interesting, isn't it, how Childress is constantly mentioned as having a job in jeopardy and Kubiak never is?
Final Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14 Final Detroit 23 Buffalo 0 Final Indianapolis 7 Cincinnati 35 Final New York 7 Philadelphia 37 Final St. Louis 13 Miami 14 Final Kansas City 14 Green Bay 34 Final Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0 Final New England 13 New York 16 Final Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10 Final Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13 Final Chicago 13 Cleveland 33 Final San Francisco 40 Houston 13 Final Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3 Final Denver 27 Dallas 3 Final Arizona 9 San Diego 12 Final Seattle 31 Oakland 41