Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans: Live Score, Video and Analysis
The big storylines heading into this week's game are the absences of the two biggest stars for each team.
Andre Johnson and Peyton Hillis were both ruled out of this Sunday's game.
For Hillis, it has been a nightmarish season. Madden Curse or no Madden Curse, it has been absolutely miserable.
Between ongoing contract negotiations (or lack thereof), his phantom hamstring injury, strep throat and missing a children's event, everything has been going against Hillis this season. And because of the Hillis situation, the entire Browns offense has taken a huge hit.
The running game is nowhere to be found, ranked 29th in the league, and with Hillis and Montario Hardesty both out with injury, it has been up to former Texan Chris Ogbonnaya to take the reigns and lead the Browns rushing attack. Ogbonnaya has filled in admirably, but the bottom line is that the running game is flat-out horrible.
The lack of a running attack hasn't helped Colt McCoy either. He's been under a lot of pressure thanks to a mediocre offensive line, and has made poor decisions, turning the ball over and fumbling in important situations.
The Browns offense needs to find some sort of rhythm this week if they expect to do anything against the Texans.
The Texans defense is what could really cause the Browns some trouble. They are ranked third in total defense, including fifth in pass defense and sixth in rush defense. The Browns have faced some good defenses this year, but this could be the biggest test so far.
It should be an interesting battle between the Browns and Texans, and you can follow all of the action here on Bleacher Report.
Updated score: Texans 30 Browns 12
In case you didn't see the Texans torch the Browns for 261 rushing yards earlier, you can watch the video highlights here:
Quite a game for the Texans today. Broke the team record for most rushing yards in a game, and for the first time in franchise history are 3 games over .500.
172 total yards of offense for the Browns in an absolutely miserable effort.
The Texans stand at 6-3 while the Browns drop to 3-5.
Have a great week, and we'll see you next Sunday as the Browns take on the St. Louis Rams.
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I was wrong. Texans go for and will take a few knees instead after getting the first down.
4th down for the Texans. I'm assuming the field goal unit will take the field.
Call reversed. Well, can't say we didn't expect that one. Would've been a good play for the Browns. Instead the Texans retain the ball.
Looks like they may overrule the call on the field. But, then again, who really knows?
FUMBLE. Phil Taylor recovers the Gocong strip, and tries to do something with it. It's going to be challenged though. Could be a tough call, not great replay. Can't really tell.
248 rushing yards for the Texans today. That's ridiculous.
Tate is underrated. You really don't hear much about him, but you can really see that he can run the ball well.
Onside kick by the Browns, but the Texans are able to recover. The Browns, minus Brad Maynard, have great special teams. That was a great onside kick attempt. Although they didn't recover, that's what you want to see from the Browns special teams.
TOUCHDOWN! McCoy boots right and fires a pass to Joshua Cribbs for the touchdown. They miss the two-point conversion, but have put points on the board. Texans 30 Browns 12
Colt McCoy's jersey is continually green. Week after week. I applaud him for his effort, he really does evade a lot of the pressure that's in his face.
Another deep pass by McCoy and this one is caught by Greg Little! What a catch! Colt was drilled on the play...
What was that? McCoy threw the ball high in the air. It went kind of far. Is that a deep pass? I haven't seen one in so long it took me by surprise.
Of course it was off target and fell incomplete, but that's besides the point.
1st down Browns.
Browns are stopped on 3rd down, and they will go for it on 4th. 4th and 3 and the Browns rush it right up the gut.
McCoy has to move all over the field to throw the ball, he's never able to sit in the pocket.
FIELD GOAL. Rackers puts one up through the uprights, giving the Texans a 30 to 6 lead over the Browns.
The Browns pass defense will continue to be the 2nd ranked pass defense in the NFL, but the rush defense will take a HUGE hit after today.
He was well short of the first down but they gave it to him anyway. What else could be going wrong for the Browns today?
The Browns need to address their tackling issues. They also need to stop going for the strip.
Josh Cribbs with yet another Special Teams play.
For as bad as this Browns team is, Philly D, Phil Dawson, is having quite the season. He's made long field goal after long field goal after long field goal.
Down goes McCoy. Again. Houston's defense/defensive line is tremendous.
On another note, Joe Thomas is making Connor Barwin look like a Pro Bowler.
I hope you, the viewer, notice that every Browns pass play is a curl route or some sort of dump off. This play calling is absolutely horrible. It's unbelievable to me how Shurmur had any success in Saint Louis. He had the same weapons that the Browns have...
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