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Houston Texans vs. Cleveland Browns Pick & Prediction NOV 15TH 2020

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Houston Texans vs. Cleveland Browns Recap NOV 15TH 2020

Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt combined for 230 yards on the ground and the Cleveland Browns slugged out a 10-7 victory over the visiting Houston Texans on Sunday.

Chubb and Hunt recorded 19 attempts each against the Texans' 32nd-ranked run defense. After Houston (2-7) closed to within three points on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson to Pharaoh Brown with 4:59 remaining, Chubb sealed the win with a 59-yard, third-down run to the Houston 1, wisely running out of bounds so that Cleveland could exhaust the game clock.

Chubb rushed for 126 yards in his first action since Week 4 due to a knee injury. Hunt added 104 yards for the Browns (6-3).

Watson finished 20-of-30 for 163 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked twice. The Texans totaled only 243 yards.

Cleveland needed one impressive possession to extend to a 10-0 lead in the fourth quarter, covering 64 yards in nine plays and just over five minutes. Baker Mayfield completed a 21-yard pass to Rashard Higgins that moved the chains on third-and-18 before a pass interference penalty on Texans cornerback Vernon Hargraves III presented Cleveland another first down.

Chubb took over from there, gaining 35 yards on four carries including a 9-yard touchdown following a nifty cutback that gave the Browns a two-possession lead with 13:32 left to play.

The Browns' lone touchdown drive followed a curious decision by Texans interim coach Romeo Crennel to attempt a 45-yard field goal in blustery conditions on fourth-and-2. Ka'imi Fairbairn pushed his kick wide left and the Browns immediately extended their tenuous 3-0 cushion.

The Browns' opening possession, capped by a 41-yard Cody Parkey field goal with 8:31 left in the first quarter, stalled on an intentional grounding penalty against Mayfield on third and short.

Houston seemingly mounted a response with a methodical 14-play march to the Cleveland 2. But on fourth down, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett stuffed Watson on a quarterback draw, resulting in a 2-yard loss and a turnover on downs. The Texans sputtered for the remainder of the first half, amassing 96 yards total with 67 coming on the aforementioned, fruitless drive.

--Field Level Media

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield served as the most high-profile addition to practice this week, but he wasn't alone in providing the team a boost by simply being present.


The Browns (5-3) returned from their open week re-energized and by a roster largely intact. When Cleveland hosts the Houston Texans (2-6) on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium, it will do so with many of their key cogs back in the fold offensively.


Not only did Mayfield return from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Browns also welcomed back running back Nick Chubb (knee) and guard Wyatt Teller (calf). Coming out of the bye, the timing is ideal.


"It felt good to be back out there with most everybody, just to see those guys back," Mayfield said. "It's been a little bit longer for Nick and Wyatt -- it's been a few weeks. It's been good to have those guys back so we'll see as the week goes on. I know they're happy to be back as well."


Chubb produced 335 rushing yards and four touchdowns prior to his departure in the second quarter of Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys. He was the bell cow of a rushing attack that ranks fifth in the NFL with 1,200 yards and is fourth at 5.0 yards per rushing attempt.


Kareem Hunt (529 yards, three touchdowns) has produced with Chubb sidelined, but the Browns are far more potent with both backs available and serving as complements to Mayfield.


"We'll talk to Nick, we'll talk to the trainers and we'll talk to the doctors and see once we get through the week," Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said of Chubb. "Really get to Friday and then put that plan together. But definitely, we'll talk to Nick and see what he's comfortable with."


For the Texans, dealing with Chubb and Hunt only exacerbates their concerns defensively.


Houston ranks last in the league in rushing defense, allowing 159.5 yards per game. They're next to last in yards allowed (1,276 yards) and yards per carry (5.1). Only five teams have surrendered more than the Texans' 11 rushing touchdowns.


Their season-long woes stopping the run offers a daunting dovetail as Chubb returns to action.


"Obviously they have a lot of success running the ball," Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said. "Those guys are very good backs. The offensive line does a good job blocking for them. They have Baker, who obviously can throw the ball and play-action off of what they do in the running game. They're very effective. That's up to us up front, first and foremost, as the front line of defense to do our job to set the edges, build the wall in the middle and the backers to come up and make tackles. Everybody doing their job to do what we can to be successful on Sunday."


The Texans will likely be without their leading rusher David Johnson following his concussion in their 27-25 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday. Duke Johnson ably filled in, and the Texans feel confident that he can manage the workload should he be required to do so again.


"I think Sunday was a great example of what Duke brings to the table," Texans interim coach Romeo Crennel said. "He went in there after David got hurt, and he took, I guess, just about every snap. I think maybe he was out for two plays after that. He took every snap, and that was blocking, that was running and that was pass receiving.


"He's a productive runner. He's got great vision. He's got quick feet and he can make people miss. So, that's what we expect from him going forward."


Starting guard Senio Kelemete (concussion), LB Dylan Cole (back) and DE Charles Omenihu (hamstring) also sat out Wednesday's practice for Houston.


--Field Level Media


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Houston Texans

Cleveland Browns

Player Position Lineup
Tyrell Adams primary: Linebacker Starter
Zach Cunningham primary: Linebacker Starter
Darren Fells primary: Tight End Starter
Will Fuller V primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Zach Fulton primary: Right Guard Starter
Tytus Howard primary: Right Tackle Starter
Duke Johnson primary: Runningback Starter
Nick Martin primary: Center Starter
Whitney Mercilus primary: Linebacker Starter
Justin Reid primary: Safety Starter
Bradley Roby primary: Cornerback Starter
Max Scharping primary: Left Guard Starter
Laremy Tunsil primary: Left Tackle Starter
Carlos Watkins primary: Defensive End Starter
Deshaun Watson primary: Quarterback Starter
J.J. Watt primary: Defensive End Starter
Brandon Dunn primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Eric Murray primary: Safety Starter
Vernon Hargreaves III primary: Cornerback Starter
Brandin Cooks primary: Wide Receiver Starter
P.J. Hall primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Pharaoh Brown primary: Tight End Starter
Jordan Akins primary: Tight End Substitution
Bryan Anger primary: Punter Substitution
Cornell Armstrong primary: Cornerback Substitution
DeAndre Carter primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Keion Crossen primary: Cornerback Substitution
Ka'imi Fairbairn primary: Kicker Substitution
Phillip Gaines primary: Cornerback Substitution
Cullen Gillaspia primary: Fullback Substitution
Buddy Howell primary: Runningback Substitution
Lonnie Johnson Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
Roderick Johnson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Peter Kalambayi primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Greg Mancz primary: Offensive Guard Substitution
A.J. Moore Jr. primary: Safety Substitution
Kenny Stills primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jon Weeks primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Nate Hall primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brent Qvale primary: Guard Substitution
Randall Cobb primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ross Blacklock primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Jonathan Greenard primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
John Reid primary: Cornerback Substitution
Michael Thomas primary: Safety Substitution
C.J. Prosise primary: Runningback Substitution
Corey Liuget primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Keke Coutee primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Senio Kelemete primary: Guard Not active
AJ McCarron primary: Quarterback Did not play
Charles Omenihu primary: Defensive End Not active
Charlie Heck primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Isaiah Coulter primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Josh McCown primary: Quarterback Not active
Player Position Lineup
Joel Bitonio primary: Left Guard Starter
Nick Chubb primary: Runningback Starter
Myles Garrett primary: Defensive End Starter
Jarvis Landry primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Baker Mayfield primary: Quarterback Starter
Terrance Mitchell primary: Cornerback Starter
Larry Ogunjobi primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Sheldon Richardson primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Sione Takitaki primary: Defensive Back Starter
Wyatt Teller primary: Right Guard Starter
JC Tretter primary: Center Starter
Olivier Vernon primary: Defensive End Starter
Denzel Ward primary: Cornerback Starter
Mack Wilson primary: Weak Outside Linebacker Starter
Austin Hooper primary: Tight End Starter
Jack Conklin primary: Right Tackle Starter
B.J. Goodson primary: MIKE Linebacker Starter
Andy Janovich primary: Fullback Starter
Andrew Sendejo primary: Free Safety Starter
Jedrick Wills Jr. primary: Left Tackle Starter
Harrison Bryant primary: Tight End Starter
Ronnie Harrison Jr. primary: Strong Safety Starter
Stephen Carlson primary: Tight End Substitution
Tae Davis primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jamie Gillan primary: Punter Substitution
Porter Gustin primary: Defensive End Substitution
KhaDarel Hodge primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Charley Hughlett primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Kareem Hunt primary: Runningback Substitution
D'Ernest Johnson primary: Runningback Substitution
Kendall Lamm primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
David Njoku primary: Tight End Substitution
Sheldrick Redwine primary: Safety Substitution
Tavierre Thomas primary: Cornerback Substitution
Kevin Johnson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Adrian Clayborn primary: Defensive End Substitution
Karl Joseph primary: Safety Substitution
Jordan Elliott primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Nick Harris primary: Center Substitution
Donovan Peoples-Jones primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Rashard Higgins primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
M.J. Stewart Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
Michael Dunn primary: Guard Substitution
Malcolm Smith primary: Linebacker Substitution
Vincent Taylor primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Cody Parkey primary: Kicker Substitution
Elijah Lee primary: Linebacker Substitution
Dontrell Hilliard primary: Runningback Not active
Robert Jackson primary: Cornerback Not active
Taywan Taylor primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Case Keenum primary: Quarterback Did not play
Jacob Phillips primary: Linebacker Not active
Jovante Moffatt primary: Safety Not active
Joe Jackson primary: Defensive End Not active

Houston Texans

Cleveland Browns

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 41 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Cody Parkey
  • Period 4
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 16 Yards
    • Passer: Deshaun Watson
    • Pass Receiver: Pharaoh Brown
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 9 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Cody Parkey
    • Rusher: Nick Chubb
  • Match End


Last 10

W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Tennessee L 41 - 38
  • Cincinnati L 37 - 31
  • @Indianapolis L 20 - 27
  • @Chicago L 7 - 36
  • Indianapolis L 26 - 20
  • @Detroit W 41 - 25
  • New England W 20 - 27
  • @Cleveland L 7 - 10
  • @Jacksonville W 27 - 25
  • Green Bay L 35 - 20
W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • @Kansas City L 17 - 22
  • @Pittsburgh W 48 - 37
  • Pittsburgh W 22 - 24
  • @N.Y. Jets L 16 - 23
  • @N.Y. Giants W 20 - 6
  • Baltimore L 47 - 42
  • @Tennessee W 41 - 35
  • @Jacksonville W 27 - 25
  • Philadelphia W 17 - 22
  • Houston W 7 - 10

Last Meetings

  • Texans @ Browns 7-10
  • Browns @ Texans 13-29
  • Browns @ Texans 17-33
  • Texans @ Browns 23-7
  • Browns @ Texans 12-30
  • Texans @ Browns 16-6
  • Texans @ Browns 17-27
  • Browns @ Texans 6-14

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries