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 Cleveland 26 Atlanta 24 Final Tennessee 24 Philadelphia 43 Final Detroit 9 New England 34 Final Green Bay 24 Minnesota 21 Final Jacksonville 3 Indianapolis 23 Final Cincinnati 22 Houston 13 Postponed New York Buffalo Final Tampa Bay 13 Chicago 21 Final Arizona 3 Seattle 19 Final St. Louis 24 San Diego 27 Final Miami 36 Denver 39 Final Washington 13 San Francisco 17 Final Dallas 31 New York 28
Final New York 3 Buffalo 38 Final Baltimore 34 New Orleans 27