(AP) A two-game win streak allowed the Texans to put their past turnover problems behind them. But Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Texans' ball security issues crept up again.
With the Texans and Browns separated by a single game and desperately jockeying for position in the ultra-competitive AFC playoff race entering the game, the Texans proved to be more error-prone by committing three giveaways, which the Browns converted into two touchdowns in their 27-17 win in front of 72,730 fans.
Although the Texans' defense picked off Browns quarterback Derek Anderson once, the team was unable to score any points off of rookie cornerback Fred Bennett 's interception as kicker Kris Brown missed wide right on a 46-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Quarterback Matt Schaub completed 22-of-36 passes for 256 yards with two touchdowns, but he also tossed two interceptions. The Texans never got wide receiver Andre Johnson on track.
The two-time Pro Bowler finished with only three catches for 37 yards in his second game back from a knee injury.
Despite fumbling in the first half, tight end Owen Daniels led the way offensively with seven catches for 82 yards (11.7 avg.) and his first touchdown of the season.
Running back Ron Dayne also delivered a solid outing in place of the injured Ahman Green by totaling 78 rushing yards on 16 carries.