Texans vs. Cardinals: Takeaways from Arizona's 27-24 Win over Houston

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Texans vs. Cardinals: Takeaways from Arizona's 27-24 Win over Houston
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Cardinals OLB John Abraham (No. 55) had two sacks on Sunday.

The Arizona Cardinals relied on timely offense and stingy second-half defense to hand the Houston Texans their seventh consecutive loss of the season, winning in exciting fashion, 27-24.

Carson Palmer threw another interception, bringing his season total to 15. It did not cost the team, however, and he played well when needed.

The offense also received a surprise breakout performance and had different leading receivers than what we are used to seeing. Tight end Rob Housler hauled in his first career NFL touchdown in the second quarter and had four receptions for 57 yards (14.3 yards per catch), while Andre Roberts led the team with five receptions for 72 yards (14.4 YPC).

The defense was a bit porous in the first half, allowing Texans quarterback Case Keenum to complete 15 of 26 (57.7%) for 159 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 101.3 passer rating by the break. But it clamped down in the second half, allowing Keenum just seven of 17 (41.2%) for 42 yards, a touchdown, no interceptions and a 68.5 rating.

Here are some takeaways from the big win.

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