HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans found just enough offense on Sunday as they snuck past the Detroit Lions 20-13 at NRG Stadium. The Texans now enter the bye week with a 5-3 record and sole possession of first place in the AFC South.
The Texans are now 5-0 at home in 2016 marking the best home start in franchise history.
The Texans scored first with a six yard pass from Brock Osweiler to tight end CJ Fiedorowicz to put Houston on top 7-0 with 12:56 remaining in the half. Fiedorowicz now has three touchdown catches on the season. The third year tight end out of Iowa finished the game with # catches for # yards and a score.
The Lions gained just two yards on their next drive punting to the Texans who started their next drive on their own 47-yard line.
The Texans capped off a 10 play 53 yard drive with a one yard touchdown run by Lamar Miller, his second of the season to increase the lead to 14-0.
The Texans attempted to increase their lead late in the first half, but Osweiler would throw his ninth interception of the season to Johnson Bademosi on a pass intended for DeAndre Hopkins. The turnover gave the Lions on their own 19 yard line with 39 seconds remaining.
On the ensuing possession, Lions kicker Matt Prater kicked a 47 yard field goal with two seconds remaining in the half to take a 14-3 deficit into halftime.
In the second half, the Lions pulled to within seven on two separate occasions, the first was at the start of the fourth quarter when Stafford found Theo Riddick for a one yard touchdown pass to make the score 17-10 Houston.
The teams each added field goals until the Texans gained a first down under the two minute warning to run out the clock.
Osweiler finished the game 20/29 for 186 yards with a touchdown and a pick. Stafford was 27/41 for 240 yards and a score.
The Texans will enter the bye at 5-3 and will face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, November 13. The Lions, now 4-4 will travel to face the NFC North leading Minnesota Vikings next week.
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