Glendale (CBS HOUSTON) – Andre Johnson and Case Keenum used their chemistry and the Houston Texans defense came up with three turnovers but it wasn’t enough to stop the team’s losing streak. The Texans fall for the seventh straight week, losing to the Arizona Cardinals 27-24 in Glendale.
J.J. Watt did everything he could to try and propel the Houston Texans to their first win since week 2, but it wasn’t enough. Two fumble recoveries turned into two scoring opportunities for the Texans, but they were only able to convert one of them, a touchdown in the 4th quarter while trailing by ten. The miss was a blocked field goal heading into halftime and would be the difference in the game.
Case Keenum completed just over 50% of his passes (22/43) for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Keenum has not yet led the Texans to a victory in three games starts, but does seven touchdowns and zero interceptions in that time.
Keenum did turn the ball over and it was costly for the Texans. On the first play from scrimmage Keenum was stripped by John Abraham and Matt Shaughnessy picked it up and ran it in for the touchdown and a 7-0 Cardinals lead.
Keenum took the Texans 49 yards later in the first quarter and found Andre Johnson for the first of two TDs on a 7 yard pass where Johnson drug his toes for his fourth TD of the season.
The Cardinals answered back with a touchdown pass to Rob Housler to regain the lead at 14-7 early in the second quarter.
The Texans answered right back on an 80 yard drive on nine plays, capped off by a 2 yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Ryan Griffin to tie the game 14-14.
The Texans got a 48 yard field goal from Randy Bullock later in the second quarter for their only lead of the game, 17-14.
Watt tried to help extend that Texans lead before the half with a sack, strip and fumble recovery on Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer. The Texans got into field goal range, but Bullock’s kick was blocked as time expired.
The Texans second half woes continued as they entered the game being outscored 19-75 in the second half of games this season.
They gave up two field goals to Jay Feely in the 3rd quarter to surrender the lead 20-17. In the fourth quarter Carson Palmer through a jump ball for Andre Roberts that increased the Cardinals lead to 10 at 27-17.
After a quick series for the Texans a great punt by Shane Lechler pinned the Cardinals inside their own five yard line. That is when Watt tried to save the day. Watt forced and fell on a fumble by Reshard Mendenhall at the five yard line to give the Texans a shot and trimming the lead.
Andre Johnson answered with a highlight reel catch at the edge of the end zone, hauling in the ball after cornerback Patrick Peterson tipped the ball in the air. Johnson brought the ball down and somehow got both feet down to bring the Texans within a field goal of a tie ball game.
The Texans defense got the ball back with just over two minutes left in the game and needing to get in field goal range for a chance to tie it. But pressure from the Cardinals defense that had hounded Keenum all day, to the tune of three sacks, forced a low throw on fourth down that ended the game.
The Texans suffered another key injury as starting cornerback Kareem Jackson left the game with a rib injury in the first half and didn’t return.
It was also learned that the Texans would be without Arian Foster for the rest of the year as he will undergo back surgery soon.
Texans interim coach Wade Phillips failed to get a win in his record 6th stint as a head coach in the NFL. Phillips filling in this week for Gary Kubiak who is expected to be back next week despite having a mini stroke last week at halftime.
The Texans seventh straight loss is a franchise record for consecutive losses.
The Texans will host the Oakland Raiders (3-6) next week.