Palmer, Arizona send Texans to 7th straight loss

Palmer, Arizona send Texans to 7th straight loss
November 10, 2013, 7:53 pm
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Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Matt Shaughnessy (91) runs back a fumble for a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes and the Arizona Cardinals held on to send the Houston Texans to their franchise-record seventh consecutive loss, 27-24 on Sunday.

The Texans (2-7) were without coach Gary Kubiak, who collapsed on the sidelines against Indianapolis last Sunday night with what was diagnosed as a mini-stroke. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is filling in as interim coach.

Arizona (5-4) scored on the game's first play when John Abraham knocked the ball out of Case Keenum's arm and Matt Shaugnessy returned it 6 yards for a touchdown.

Keenum threw three touchdown passes, two on remarkable catches by Andre Johnson.

J.J. Watt forced two fumbles, recovering both of them for Houston. The second one set up Johnson's 5-yard TD catch that cut the lead to three with 4:34 to play.