Eagles hold off inspired Texans

PHILADELPHIA -- Although Las Vegas installed them as the biggest NFL underdog in recent memory, rest assured the Texans did arrive at Veterans Stadium Sunday. And Houston hit the field inspired.

But after taking an early 7-0 lead on the Eagles, who were 20-point favorites, the Texans eventually succumbed to Philadelphia 35-17 before a raucous crowd of 64,867. Houston drops to 1-3 heading into its bye week. The Eagles improved to 3-1 with their third consecutive win.

"We lost to a good football team today," Texans head coach Dom Capers said. "We knew coming in that this was one of the better teams in the NFL the way they've been executing and playing." Texans quarterback David Carr hit wide receiver Corey Bradford for two touchdowns, while Eagles running back Duce Staley countered with two scores of his own. But Philadelphia rang up 392 yards of total offense, while holding the Texans to 228.

Houston's three turnovers led to 10 Eagles points, while the Texans couldn't score any points off the three turnovers they forced. Corey Bradford had seven catches for 97 yards and two TDs. Nevertheless, it was inspired effort by the NFL's newest team, especially coming off back-to-back losses in which the Texans were outscored 47-6.

"We're never going to let somebody just run over us," Texans cornerback Aaron Glenn said. "We're going to compete. We just have to make more plays than the other team. Today they made more plays."