Browns-Texans Preview Capsule
CLEVELAND (4-6-1) at HOUSTON (8-3)
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE - Texans by 6 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cleveland 7-4, Houston 5-6
SERIES RECORD - Texans lead 6-3
LAST MEETING - Texans beat Browns 33-17, Oct. 15, 2017
LAST WEEK - Browns beat Bengals 35-20; Texans beat Titans 34-17
AP PRO32 RANKING - Browns No. 20, Texans No. 7
BROWNS OFFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (9), PASS (23).
BROWNS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (28), PASS (29).
TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (4), PASS (19).
TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (7), PASS (11).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Cleveland has lost four straight and six of seven vs. Houston ... Browns rookie QB Baker Mayfield and Texans QB Deshaun Watson faced each other in 2016 Orange Bowl. Clemson shut out Mayfield and Oklahoma in second half in 37-17 win. ... Browns ended 25-game road losing streak last week at Cincinnati. ... Cleveland posted consecutive wins for first time since 2014, when Browns won three straight. ... Browns haven’t won two straight on road in same season since 2003. ... Browns 2-1 under interim coach Gregg Williams. ... Mayfield threw season-high four touchdown passes last week. ... Following game, Mayfield gave former Browns coach Hue Jackson cold shoulder on field and said his return to Bengals fueled QB, teammates. ... Mayfield has nine TDs with one interception in past three games. ... Mayfield is first rookie in league history to post 140-plus passer rating in two straight games. ... Browns have not allowed sack in back-to-back games for first time since 2007. ... Browns RB Nick Chubb one of four rookies in history with rushing, receiving TDs in consecutive games. ... Browns’ defense second in league with 27 takeaways, more than double last season’s total (13). ... Houston is first team to lose opening three games and then win eight in a row. ... Watson threw two TD passes and ran for career-high 70 yards with another score in win over Titans on Monday. In nine home games in career Watson has 24 touchdown passes with seven interceptions. ... WR DeAndre Hopkins has six touchdown receptions in last six games. Hopkins has 1,065 yards receiving and 14 TD catches in 13 home games since start of 2017 season. ... WR Demaryius Thomas had first two touchdown receptions with Houston last week after trade from Denver on Oct. 30. ... Rookie TE Jordan Thomas has three touchdown receptions in last four games. ... DE J.J. Watt had nine tackles, 1 1/2 sacks and forced fumble Monday. ... Watt, who is tied for second in NFL with 11 1/2 sacks, had three tackles for losses, one sack, forced and recovered fumble and had TD reception in last game against Cleveland in 2014. ... DE Jadeveon Clowney has 49 tackles for losses since 2016, which ranks second in NFL. ... DE Christian Covington had career-high 2 1/2 sacks and two tackles for losses Monday. ... Fantasy tip: Houston RB Lamar Miller had 162 yards rushing with 97-yard TD on Monday and could have another big game against Cleveland defense which allows 131.8 yards rushing a game.