Texans top Jets, move to 5-0
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The Houston Texans are still undefeated—but very nearly let this one slip away.
Arian Foster ran for 152 yards and a touchdown, and the Texans stayed unbeaten by defeating the New York Jets for the first time in team history, hanging on for a 23-17 victory Monday night.
With a chance to lead the Jets on a winning drive, Mark Sanchez was intercepted by Kareem Jackson on a pass that tipped off the hands of Jeff Cumberland with 1:51 remaining and the Texans (5-0) joined the Atlanta Falcons as the NFL’s only teams without a loss.
The Jets (2-3) were heavy underdogs after coming off a 34-0 loss to San Francisco last week, but made a game of it. Backup quarterback Tim Tebow got the crowd fired up at times throughout the game, including running for a first down on a fake punt, but had little impact otherwise.
Houston also overcame a 100-yard kickoff return by Joe McKnight that cut the Jets’ deficit to 20-14.
Matt Schaub was 14 of 28 for 209 yards and a touchdown to Owen Daniels, winning his ninth straight game—the longest active streak in the NFL—dating to last season. Daniels finished with four catches for 79 yards for the Texans, who have their second five-game winning streak in team history.
Nick Folk’s 21-yard field goal with 11:55 left made it 23-17.
Texans star linebacker Brian Cushing left in the second quarter with a left knee injury and didn’t return.
Foster walked untouched into the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown to give the Texans a 14-7 lead with 11:11 left in the first half. He gained 42 yards on three straight carries on the 67-yard drive, and had 100 yards on the ground at halftime on just nine carries.
Karras in grave condition
Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand says the franchise is deeply saddened to learn of Alex Karras’ condition.
The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News reported Monday that the former All-Pro defensive lineman and actor has kidney failure and has been given only a few days to live.
Karras, 77, has been suffering from dementia. He is among the many former NFL players suing the league regarding the treatment of head injuries.
Detroit drafted Karras out of Iowa in 1958 and he was a standout for 12 seasons. He may be even better well known for his work as an actor. He played the role of Mongo in the 1974 comedy classic “Blazing Saddles,” and was a lovable father in the 1980s sitcom “Webster.”