On Sunday, the Browns kick off the second half of their season in Houston against the Texans, the first of many ugly matchups thrust upon the Browns in the back half of 2011 by seemingly diabolical schedulemakers.
The Browns are now 3-4 and heading into the more difficult half of their 2011 schedule, and they'll be thrown right into the fire this Sunday against the AFC South-leading Texans.
Cleveland has struggled to score points in the last few weeks and has leaned heavily on their defense to keep them in games. That wound up being enough against Seattle, but not against San Francisco, and it probably won't be enough against the Texans either.
A win looks doubtful in this one, but if the Browns want to at least stay in the game, they're going to have to step it up this week.
Following are five keys to the game for the Browns as they look for redemption for their recent woes in the Lone Star State.