Final

Bengals 6

(0-8, 0-5 away)

Texans 35

(3-4, 3-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:05 PM ET, October 26, 2008

Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX 

1 2 3 4 T
CIN 3 3 0 06
HOU 7 7 14 735

Top Performers

Passing: M. Schaub (HOU) - 280 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: S. Slaton (HOU) - 15 CAR, 53 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Johnson (HOU) - 11 REC, 143 YDS

Walter scores twice, Schaub throws for three TDs as Texans crush Bengals

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans have rebounded from their worst loss with the best single-season stretch in franchise history.

The Texans blew a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead against the Colts four weeks ago and won each game since, getting their third straight win in a 35-6 victory over the winless Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Cincinnati Bungals

The Cincinnati Bengals are 0-8 for the fifth time in franchise history. But if history holds, the Bungals will have 3 to 4 full-fledged, real-life wins to celebrate this season. Watch out, Jaguars. Three of the four times the Bengals started 0-8, they won their ninth game.

0-8 Starts, Franchise History
Season Start Finish
'08 0-8 ?
'94 0-8 3-5
'93 0-10 3-3
'91 0-8 3-5
'78 0-8 4-4

It's the first time Houston (3-4) has won three consecutive games in a single season in franchise history. Cincinnati dropped to 0-8 for the fifth time. The Bengals are two losses away from their team-worst 0-10 start, which came in 1993.

"We're getting used to winning around here and that's what we've been looking for," Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. "The morale and confidence in the locker room is up and we're just looking forward to continuing to do it."

Fast Facts

• The Texans won their third consecutive game, the first time they've accomplished that in franchise history.

• The Bengals failed to score a touchdown in a game for the first time since Jan. 1, 2006.

• Andre Johnson had his fourth straight 100-yard receiving game and fifth of the season, breaking his own franchise records.

-- ESPN research

Mario Williams said Houston's recent play is what he expected from the beginning of the season.

"[It] was devastating because we definitely should have won some more games there," he said. "But to win three in a row, I know it seems like a shock to everybody else out there in the community and people who watch the Texans, but it shouldn't be. To me it's just playing ball and it should be like that."

Kevin Walter led the way with two touchdowns in his first meeting against his former team. Walter scored one touchdown in three seasons with Cincinnati, but set a career high by scoring his fourth and fifth touchdowns of the year on Sunday.

Of course, Walter had help from a bevy of strong Texans performances led by Matt Schaub's three touchdown passes and Andre Johnson's fourth straight 100-yard game.

The Bengals seem to be getting worse by the week. The 29-point loss is their largest of the season, and they've allowed 73 points in the last two weeks.

"We played horrible," safety Dexter Jackson said. "We came in here, they put up 35 points on us, we put up six. The score speaks for itself. The scoreboard doesn't lie."

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Walter's first score came on a 7-yard reception that made it 21-6 early in the third quarter. Johnson had four catches for 65 yards on that drive, including a short grab on third down he converted to a first down by bulling his way through a trio of defenders.

"We're just playing smarter as a team and it just seems like everything is working out for us," Johnson said.

Johnson capped his fabulous October with 143 yards receiving and has 593 yards this month.

"I don't even know where to begin," coach Gary Kubiak said. "He is just playing so well, with so much confidence."

He easily outdid Cincinnati's much more outspoken receiver who once shared his last name, Chad Ocho Cinco. Ocho Cinco finished with five receptions for 44 yards.

"I'm not happy with the situation," Ocho Cinco said. "It's embarrassing. There's not much I can do except just keep working."

Walter got in the end zone again as he fell to the ground after a reception, rolled to his feet and ran for a 39-yard score. Bengals cornerback Johnathan Joseph was right there when Walter caught the pass, but didn't touch him until he gave a small shove after Walter was back on his feet.

That touchdown made it 28-6 midway through the third quarter.

David Anderson had a touchdown in the second quarter and Jacoby Jones scored on a 73-yard punt return in the first period.

Jones zigzagged through the first wave of Bengals before slipping through the fingers of a pair of diving defenders en route to his second punt return TD of the season.

The Bengals were in the red zone late in the third quarter when Mario Williams picked up his seventh sack of the year and stripped the ball from Ryan Fitzpatrick. Amobi Okoye recovered and Houston took advantage of the error on a 20-yard run by rookie Steve Slaton that made it 35-6.

Dunta Robinson knocked down a pass on third down from the 14 to force Cincinnati to settle for a field goal just before halftime. Shayne Graham's 32-yarder made it 14-6. Graham also had a 43-yard field goal in the first half.

Robinson set a Texans record with his 12th career interception in the fourth quarter. Robinson, who returned last week after sitting out almost a year with injuries, received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for a dance after the interception.

"I felt good," he said. "I felt a lot better than I did last week. I was a little bit timid last week because you're not really sure what's going to happen with your knee. I'm still not where I want to be, but I feel a lot better."

Game notes


Ocho Cinco extended his franchise record by having at least one catch in his 100th straight game. ... No decision has been made on QB Carson Palmer's injured throwing elbow. He said after the game that it will be re-evaluated after the Bengals' open date Nov. 9. "I'll be able to play when this thing gets healed up," he said.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Cincinnati
Houston
1st Downs1623
3rd down efficiency
8-1410-13
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Yards253384
Yards per play4.56.4
Total Drives00
Passing148275
Comp-Att
20-3224-28
Yards per pass
4.69.8
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-71-5
Rushing105109
Rushing Attempts
2231
Yards per rush
4.83.5
Penalties7-517-55
Turnovers30
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
20
Possession24:4935:11

Passing Leaders

CINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Fitzpat...20/321554.8022-7
HOUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Schaub24/2828010.0301-5

Rushing Leaders

CINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Benson13493.8012
Fitzpat...7426.0011
HOUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Slaton15533.5120
Green9414.6011

Receiving Leaders

CINRECYDSAVGTDLG
Houshma...8546.8011
Johnson5448.8014
HOURECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson1114313.0027
Walter57014.0239

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCINHOU
TD12:42Jacoby Jones 73 Yd Punt Return (Kris Brown Kick) 07
FG06:24Shayne Graham 43 Yd 37
SECOND QUARTERCINHOU
TD03:23David Anderson 6 Yd Pass From Matt Schaub (Kris Brown Kick) 314
FG00:50Shayne Graham 32 Yd 614
THIRD QUARTERCINHOU
TD09:19Kevin Walter 7 Yd Pass From Matt Schaub (Kris Brown Kick) 621
TD06:30Kevin Walter 39 Yd Pass From Matt Schaub (Kris Brown Kick) 628
FOURTH QUARTERCINHOU
TD09:54Steve Slaton 20 Yd Run (Kris Brown Kick) 635