The Texans defeated the Detroit Lions 20-13 and head into the bye week with a 5-3 record. Houston has won all five games at home this season, where they remain undefeated.
Houston's defense kept a red-hot Matthew Stafford and Lions offense scoreless until the fourth quarter. Despite orchestrating two scoring drives late in the game, Stafford was unable to lead a comeback effort at NRG Stadium. The Texans run defense held Detroit to just 58 yards on the ground in the win.
The Texans never trailed as Brock Osweiler led two touchdown drives to give the team a 14-0 lead in the first half. Osweiler was 20-of-29 for 186 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. DeAndre Hopkins caught four passes for 44 yards, while C.J Fiedorowicz added 43 yards and a touchdown. Lamar Miller, who entered the game with a shoulder injury, rushed for 56 yards and a score. Alfred Blue contributed nine carries for 41 yards.
Stafford completed 27-of-41 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown. The Texans defense was stout on third down, as the Lions covereted just 3-of-11 attempts. Jadeveon Clowney recorded a sack, one quarterback hit, and one tackle for loss, while John Simon had a team-high 8 tackles.
After a scoreless first quarter where Matt Prater missed a 49-yard kick for the Lions, the Texans took an early 14-0 lead, scoring on back-to-back drives. Ryan Griffin converted two third downs, catching passes for 23 and 12 yard gains on the possession. Osweiler was 5-of-7 for 56 yards on the scoring drive, which ended in a 6-yard touchdown pass to Fiedorowicz.
On Houston's next offensive series, a key Blue run on fourth down extended the drive. Hopkins' amazing one-handed grab moved the Texans down to the 1-yard line. Miller would then punch it in, giving Houston a 14-0 lead with 7:04 left in the first half.
The Texans were deep in Lions territory with 0:39 seconds remaining in the first half, but Osweiler's pass, intended for Hopkins, was intercepted by cornerback Johnson Bademosi. The Lions would capitalize, as Stafford orchestrated a five-play, 52-yard scoring drive that ended in a 47-yard field goal. The Texans headed into halftime with a 14-3 lead over Detroit.
Nick Novak kicked a 33-yard field goal with 5:51 left in third quarter to extend the Texans lead 17-3.
After three plays to Theo Riddick to start the drive, Stafford orchestrated his first touchdown drive of the game. After a defensive pass interference flag, the Lions gained 13 yards and a fresh set of downs. One play later, Riddick caught a one-yard touchdown pass and Detroit moved within one score, trailing 17-10 with 14:50 left in the game.
The Texans would respond, ripping off a nine-play drive that took 6:05 off the clock. That drive ended in Novak's second field goal of the day, giving Houston a 20-10 lead.
Despite starting their ensuing possession at their own 45-yard line, the Lions were unable to add another touchdown. Houston's defense held the Lions to a 34-yard field goal. The Lions trailed 20-13 with 2:57 remaining in the game.
Detroit attempted an onside kick after the score, but cornerback Robert Nelson recovered for the Texans at the Lions 44-yard line.
The (5-3) Texans now head into their bye week, but will travel to Jacksonville in Week 10.
Check out photos of the game as the Texans took on the Lions at NRG Stadium.