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Tampa Bay vs Houston Wrap - Tampa Bay Wins 24-17

Rudy Carpenter passed for 2 TDs and 203 yards in leading Tampa Bay to a 24-17 win over Houston on Thursday at Reliant Stadium.

Tampa Bay was an underdog by 2.5 points and came through with an ATS victory for bettors. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 36.5.

Kareem Huggins rushed for 37 yards, while Carlos Brown added 21 in the win yards. Reggie Brown and Preston Parker added 45 and 45 receiving yards respectively.

Chris Henry rushed for 51 yards for Houston, while Jeremiah Johnson added 20 yards. John David Booty threw for 209 yards for the Texans, while receivers James Casey and Garrett Graham had 81 and 66 yards respectively.

Tampa Bay was outgained by Houston 417-267 yards in Thursday's match, while the important battle of first downs was won 25-15 by the Texans.

Tampa Bay lost the time of possession battle 32:55/27:05, leaving their defense on the field more than they wanted.

Next game, Tampa Bay takes its act home to face Cleveland looking for another win. For Houston, they head home to face Indianapolis.