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Texans Win Second Straight, Top Saints 23-10

Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels (81) catches a pass for a first down as New Orleans Saints cornerback Mike McKenzie (34) tackles him during the second quarter of a football game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007 in Houston.  

Saints running back Reggie Bush wanted revenge on the team that passed him up for the number one pick in last year’s draft. Sunday in Houston the Texans wanted to prove, and did so, why they went with a different selection than the explosive Bush. The Texans defense, led by last years #1 pick Mario Williams, held Bush in check, and they went on to win their second straight, topping the Saints 23-10. Bush had just 34 yards on the ground, and caught 12 passes for 70 yards, but most were check downs that the Texans were able to get to before Bush could do anything with.

The Texans also had the pleasure of having two big starters back, as QB Matt Schaub played a solid game, going 21-for-33 for 293 yards with two TD’s and no picks. Wide out Andre Johnson was a playmaker once again, as he had 6 catches for 120 yards and a score, including a 73-yard score to start the scoring for the Texans, who trailed early 3-0 after a Olindo Mare 52-yard field goal three mintues into the game.

New Orleans took a 10-7 lead when QB Drew Brees hit Devery Henderson for 6 yards for a score with 4:39 left in the second quarter to make it 10-7. It was the last lead the Saints would have, as the Texans drove down the field and took control as Schaub hit Joel Dressen with a 10-yard score to make it 14-10. Kris Brown was able to covert a 36-yard field goal with :08 left in the first half to make it 17-10 at halftime.

The Texans defense took over at that point, holding the Saints high-powered offense in check the rest of the day. The Saints had five total possessions in the second half, and were only able to manage 144 yards on those drives, ending two with downs and one with a punt and another with a pick before ending the game with a drive. The Texans were able to ice the game with two Brown field goals, one of 53 yards and the other of 23 to put the game away.

The Texans will try and continue their two game winning streak in Cleveland against the Browns.

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