Houston Texans cornerback Bradley Roby (21) makes an interception on a pass intended for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Justin Watson (17) and runs the ball in for a touchdown.

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Bucs Turnovers Help Texans Build Early Lead

The Texans (10-5) grabbed four interceptions are the first time since Week 4 of 2017

Brandon Scott
December 23, 2019 - 9:33 am

Five Tampa Bay turnovers helped the Texans secure their 23-20 win against Bucs on Saturday.

It started early, with Jameis Winston throwing a pick-6 to Bradley Roby on his first pass of the game. 

On the Bucs' next possession, Justin Reid would have scored on an interception return had it not been for a penalty that negated the score. The Texans settled for a field goal on their ensuing drive. 

Carlos Hyde ran for a short touchdown run after Peyton Barber's fumble, allowing the Texans to establish an early 17-3 lead.

"It's huge," Reid said of getting an early lead. "The NFL is a game of momentum. We started off real fast and that's what we want to do. Now the key is we got to be a team that plays 60 minutes the whole way through and be dominant and keep that mentality."

Johnathan Joseph's interception on Winston was his first of the season, but gave him the franchise record for interceptions with 17. 

Safety Jahleel Addae intercepted Winston with 1:27 remaining, essentially sealing the victory for the Texans.

The Texans (10-5) grabbed four interceptions for the first time since Week 4 of 2017 against the Titans and just the fourth time in franchise history. It ties the most ever by a Texans team. 

The win secured the AFC South division title and a spot in the playoffs. It's the Texans fourth division title in the last five seasons.

"It is a good accomplishment," Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said. "I think anytime you can win 10 games and win your division four out of five years, I think it show some level of consistency. Obviously, we have a long way to go, but it’s a great accomplishment."

The Texans host the Titans on Sunday in the regular season finale. That game has been moved from a noon kick to 3:25 p.m. CT.