A Win For The Browns

Sunday, November 25th 2007, 3:07 pm
By: News On 6

CLEVELAND (AP) -- No drama, controversy or overtime needed. The Cleveland Browns finally won normally. Derek Anderson threw two touchdown passes, Jamal Lewis rushed
for 134 yards and a TD and Kellen Winslow had 10 catches as the Browns improved their playoff profile with a 27-17 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

With their fifth straight victory at home and fifth in six games overall, the Browns (7-4) stayed within striking distance of first-place Pittsburgh in the AFC North and among the wild-card contenders.

And for the first time in four weeks, they didn't have to sweat out the final seconds.

The Browns' three previous games had all been decided by three points, two of them in OT. Last week, they needed a 51-yard field goal at the end of regulation by Phil Dawson to slip past Baltimore.

The Texans (5-6) weren't able to do much against Cleveland's league-worst defense, which was missing two injured starters. Houston quarterback Matt Schaub finished 22-of-36 for 256 yards and two TDs. But he was picked off twice and had several other
passes batted down by the Browns' suspect secondary, which lost rookie starting cornerback Eric Wright to a knee injury last week.