Texans 16

(0-2, 0-1 away)

Lions 28

(2-0, 1-0 home)

1:00 PM ET, September 19, 2004


1 2 3 4 T
HOU 0 3 7 616
DET 0 7 14 728

QB tosses three TDs, two to rookie

DETROIT (AP) -- Quarterback David Carr's pledge not cut his hair until the Texans win back-to-back games may have become more of a challenge Sunday as the team lost 28-16 to the Detroit Lions, dropping to 0-2 for the first time in the team's three seasons as a franchise.

"We have to play better," Carr said after Sunday's loss.

Allen's Analysis

Eric Allen

Texans-Lions: Should we be impressed by the Lions' 2-0 start, or is it too soon to judge?

The Lions deserve credit for a couple of reasons. One, this is a young team that had heavy expectations placed on it. The players weren't expected by management to come in and learn the game. They were expected to come in and win games and were placed in key starting roles. That's a lot of pressure for young players, and the Lions are embracing them right now.

Second, the Lions suffered a major injury to WR Charles Rogers. He's a special player and one the Lions were counting on to make big plays this season. They have risen above their injuries and aren't making many mistakes. They definitely haven't fallen into "woe is me syndrome." Finally, a key to a young team's success is the play of the defense and special teams, and both are playing well. The Lions' defense is opportunistic and isn't allowing big plays, while the special teams are making big plays.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.

The Texans gave the ball away three times against the Lions after having four turnovers in a 27-20 loss to San Diego last week.

"If you turn the ball over three times on offense, if you can't get off the field on third downs on defense and if you give a kickoff return up for a touchdown, you're not going to win football games," Texans coach Dom Capers said. "Obviously we have got a lot of work to do and we've got a lot of work to do in all three areas."

Joey Harrington threw three touchdown passes, leading the Lions to their first 2-0 start in four years.

Roy Williams, the seventh pick overall in April, caught and took in two of Harrington's passes. Overall, Williams had four receptions for 73 yards.

"He is a natural receiver who uses his hands as well or better than any receiver I've seen," the Lions quarterback said of Williams. "When you combine his size and speed, there aren't many 5-10, 180-pound defensive backs that can cover him."

The 6-foot-3, 212-pound receiver, who once ran the 100-meter dash in 10.48 seconds, made up for the loss of Charles Rogers, whose second straight season is over because of a broken collarbone.

"I just had to step up, but I know that Charles would have made the same plays if he was out there," Williams said.

Capers blamed turnovers.

"I'm sick about it," Texans' center Steve McKinney said. "We should be 2-0, not 0-2."

Carr overcame an awful start to complete 23 of 34 passes for 313 yards with two TDs and one interception.

Harrington was 18-of-25 for 176 yards with one interception. He put the game away with a 14-yard TD pass to Williams, whose fingertip catch and dragging feet in the near corner of the end zone put the Lions ahead 28-16 with 4:41 left.

Houston's slim hopes for a comeback faded when Carr's run up the middle was stopped at the Detroit 1 on fourth down with 36 seconds left.

Domanick Davis led Houston with 78 yards rushing and 95 yards receiving. But his performance was offset by two fumbles: one at midfield in the first quarter, and another at the Detroit 21 in the third.

"Domanick just has got to hold onto the football," Capers said. "He's got to do a better job and he knows that."

After a lackluster first quarter in which Detroit and Houston combined for as many yards on offense (50) as penalties, and a second quarter in which the Lions scored on Harrington's 1-yard TD pass to Cory Schlesinger and Houston made it 7-3 just before halftime, the game became more interesting.

Detroit scored two TDs and Houston had one in a 4:22 span of the third, leaving the Lions with a 21-10 lead.

Williams leaped for a 31-yard TD, his first, between two Texans. Johnson then easily ran past cornerback Chris Cash for a career-long 54-yard TD.

With the Lions clinging to a 14-10 lead, Eddie Drummond returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score.

On the ensuing drive, Carr connected with a wide-open Corey Bradford for a 27-yard TD. Houston's 2-point conversion failed, making it 21-16 early in the final quarter.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Scoring Summary

Drive info: 1 plays, 0 yds, 0:00
Drive info: 0 plays, 0 yds, 0:00
Drive info: 6 plays, 83 yds, 3:43
Drive info: 7 plays, 79 yds, 5:24
Drive info: 6 plays, 83 yds, 3:43
Drive info: 7 plays, 79 yds, 5:24
Drive info: 9 plays, 62 yds, 5:09
Drive info: 9 plays, 62 yds, 5:09
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, 14:16
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yds, 6:43
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yds, 6:43
houFG1:11Kris Brown 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 66 yds, 5:05