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