DeShaun Watson threw a touchdown pass and the Texans intercepted rookie Baker Mayfield three times, returning one for a score, to give the 29-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
The Texans (9-3) who started the season 0-3, haven't lost since September 23rd. Houston raced out to a 23-0 halftime lead and added two second - half field goals by Ka'imi Fairbairn to give him five on Sunday.
Lamar Miller passed the century mark again. In four of the Texans last six games, Miller has rushed for over 100 yards. In Sunday's 29-13 win against the Browns, the seven-year veteran running back had 19 carries for 103 yards, averaging 5.42 yards per carry, and became the only AFC player to record four 100-yard performances in 2018
Mayfield had his worst game of the season, throwing three interceptions for the first time since he was a freshman at Texas Tech in 2013. He finished with 397 yards passing and had a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter after throwing a career- best for a win over the Cincinnati Bengals last week.
His interceptions all came before halftime to help the Texans build the big early lead. Houston's defense didn't sack Mayfield, but they hurried and harassed him for much of the day.
Zach Cunningham celebrated his birthday with the first interception of his NFL career on Sunday. Cunningham picked off the Browns No. 1 overall pick with 7:36 remaining in the second quarter. The Texans starting inside linebacker scrambled for 38 yards and a touchdown. Houston took a 17-0 lead with 7:26 left in the second quarter.
He also had two tackles and two passes defensed in the win. Being back on the field with his teammates after missing a pair of games because of injury was meaningful for Cunningham.
The Texans rookie safety Justin Reid might have been Limited in Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns, but his one play was a critical one.
In the third quarter, Browns Baker Mayfield through a 71 - yard pass to Antonio Callaway. As Callaway begin to cross the end zone to score, read delivered a punch that will cause a fumble. Cornerback Aaron Colvin would recover the ball for a touchback.
The Texans defense held the Browns to 2-of-8 on third down, 0-for-2 on fourth down and just 31 net yards rushing in the win. Mayfield was 29-of-43 for 397 yards, 1 touchdown, three interceptions and a 75.4 passer rating.
At 9-3, Houston's atop their division by three games. The Titans and Colts are both 6-6, while Jacksonville's 4-8. Tennessee and Jacksonville square off on Thursday night football Nashville, and a Titans loss would mean a Texans win next Sunday at NRG Stadium would seal the division title.