Texans Rout Browns in Cleveland


The Houston Texans who were 4-5 coming into today’s game came into First Energy Stadium and smoked the Cleveland Browns by a score of 23-7. Whatever could’ve gone wrong for the Browns went wrong on this day. The Texans finally decided to hand the keys to Ryan Mallet who was making his first start in the National Football League and since Texans all-pro running back Arian Foster was out with a groin injury, rookie RB Alfred Blue got the start. So, Before this game there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Texans and the Browns. Will Mallet be a potential spark at QB? Will the Texans be able to run the football without Arian Foster? Will the Browns be able to keep up the defensive intensity? Well for Browns fans, every answer that we didn’t want to those questions came true.

Ryan Mallet went out on the road in Cleveland and had a phenomenal first start. Ryan Mallet was 20/30 passing for 211 yards, 2 TD, and 1 INT. He looked very efficient, using short crossing and comeback routs to beat the struggling Browns defense, then went to a faster tempo when he needed to keep the Browns defense at bay. But, even though Mallet was very good and efficient on this day, the rookie running back out of LSU Alfred Blue left it all out on the field and had a great day against the awful Browns rushing defense. Alfred Blue had 36 yes thats 36 carries for 156 yards. Not a lot of teams even have 30 rush plays in a game yet alone 36 for one rusher. To add to the rushing defense heartbreak, the Texans third running back Johnathan Grimes had a additional 13 carries for 54 yards.

Overall on this day the Browns defense all the way around was atrocious. The Texans had 424 total yards on offense and handed it to the Browns. The Browns couldn’t apply any pressure on Mallet which ended up hurting the Browns overall defense. The Texans averaged 5.0 yards a play, had 29 first downs, and had 33¬†minutes of possession. And as Browns fans you were probably thinking what else could possibly go wrong on the defensive side of the ball? Well, the answer to that question is JJ Watt

We all know that JJ Watt is the best defensive player in the National Football League, but on this day he effected every single facet of the game. On the offensive side of the ball, he had a 2-yard receiving touchdown that 3/4 of the tight ends in the NFL couldn’t make. On the defensive side, he had 1 sack, a fumble recovery and he pretty much effected the whole offensive line configuration based on where he was lined up. He did make two mistakes on special teams by roughing Browns punter Spencer Lanning on two punts, but they only led to one touchdown. So Watt truly effected the game more than any player on the field.

As for the Browns offense, they didn’t look good either. Brian Hoyer went 20/50 passing for 330 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Hoyer was pressured all day by the Texans defense and had a hard time getting into a rhythm. Towards the end of the game the Browns receivers had a hard time catching the football which led to a failed 4th down conversion and a late interception. As for the rushing game, Isaiah Crowell had 14 carries for 61 yards and a fumble, Terrance West had 5 carries for 12 yards, and Ben Tate had 2 carries for -9 yards. So, as you can see by the stats, the Browns were completely dominated by the Texans defensive line throughout the game and when you add the domination with the several mistakes the Browns made, it leads to a embarrassing loss at home. The only positives on the offensive side of the ball were wide receivers Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel who had 97 yards and 92 yards recieving respectively. Besides that, there were not a lot of bright spots at all today for the Browns.

Today, the Browns looked bad on each side of the ball and also had some injuries to add insult to injury. The Browns lost Karlos Dansby to an left knee injury, Jabaal Sheard to an ankle injury. Today, quite frankly the Browns lost all of their momentum gained from last week heading into next weeks matchup against the Falcons in Atlanta. Hopefully with the return of wide receiver Josh Gordon, the Browns can get their momentum back on offense and have that energy feed off on the defensive.

At the end of the day its only one game for the Browns and the Browns are still in the thick of things for the AFC North title, but they need to turn things around if they want to stick around in the playoff conversation.

Upcoming Schedule:

NOV 23rd @Falcons

NOV 30th @Bills

DEC 7th vs. Colts


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