This specific article about the Browns’ 27-14 win over the Houston Texans is a part of my “Need to Know” series which goes through everything you need to know for each Browns game!
This was DeShaun Watson’s First Game As Browns Starter
After serving the 11-game suspension, Watson was finally allowed to start as quarterback for the Browns and took over for quarterback Jacoby Brissett. He looked like a player that had been off for two years going 12-22 for 131 yards and an interception.
It’s still good to have you back, DeShaun!
Watson Had a Lot of Assistance
NOT! LIKE! THAT!
Donovan Peoples-Jones had a 74-yard punt return. The Browns had a pick-six and a fumble recovery for a touchdown as well! Tony Fields II was great. Houston had four turnovers in this game. Just an amazing all-around effort that made a lackluster offensive performance a-ok.
Browns Dominated Rushing Yards
174 to 82. When you have Nick Chubb and company, it’s important to command the run throughout the game. The Browns did just that and it showed in the final score.
Still Poor on 3rd Down – Houston Was Worse, Though
Browns went 4/13 on third down. Houston went 1/12. While the Texans were worse, the Browns need to be better especially when the competition is increased in the coming weeks.
WR Anthony Schwartz Sucks
This receiver had an awful fumble. Not sure why the guy is still on the team.
Managed Without TE David Njoku
Yes, that tight end with the amazing catch last week against the Bucs was out with a knee injury. That might’ve been part of the reason Watson struggled as a pass thrower. Hopefully, Njoku is able to return next week and assist his quarterback.
The Offensive Line Must Improve
Sure, Watson was only sacked a single time. Even so, he was under duress the entire game and it’s cause his offensive line was not able to give him a pocket and he had to weave and zig and zag his way around to try and get time to find the open receivers. That shows, in part, why his numbers weren’t so great.
Sione TakiTaki Injury is Concerning
Left the game to go to the locker room on a cart with a knee injury…
Still in Contention With Win
The Browns are 5-7 and also have a matchup against each team in the division with five games left to go. Certainly, it’s a long shot to get in, but the possibility remains.
Next Week is a HUGE Test
The Browns head to Cincinnati to face the 7-4 (currently) Bengals. A win over them, especially on the road and the talks about the playoffs can really increase.
Hey, it wasn’t pretty as the statistics showed for Mr. Watson. However, the Browns won the game and that is what counts moving forward. Look for the team to build off of their mistakes and improve for next week.
Thank you for reading the “Need to Know” about this win over the Houston Texans!