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Today https://www.brownsfanshop.com/Rashard-Higgins-Jersey , the Cleveland Browns are back on the road to take on the Houston Texans. To help preview a few topics from the Texans’ perspective, five questions with him. Enjoy!Q: After Will Fuller’s injury, who has been the Texans receiving threat after DeAndre Hopkins? Brett: It’s been kind of a group effort to replace Fuller’s production to be honest, with Demaryius Thomas having a few key grabs, KeKe Coutee pitching in here and there (when he’s actually on the field), and even the tight ends getting more involved in the red zone. No one single player could ever replace Fuller’s unique role in this offense, but as a team that have done a good job of compensating for his loss. The key will be if DT can catch some lightning in a bottle and return to his previous Pro Bowl form for the last two months of the season — if he does, this offense will be as dangerous as ever. Q: For the Texans to go 0-3 and then rebound to win 8 straight games is pretty impressive. They’ve also been allowing an average of less than 20 points per game in their last 7 contests. However, I see a lot of weak offensive teams during that stretch. What are your thoughts on the team’s turnaround? Brad Mills-USA TODAY SportsBrett: The pass rush has covered up for a lot of the issues this team had in their pass defense earlier in the year, and Houston’s safety group has had a tremendous year as well. Overall I still think this team has a problem at corner, but as long as Watt and Clowney can keep the pressure up, and as long as Reid and Jackson can keep owning the middle of the field, they are a very dangerous defense. Not elite like Chicago of course, but still very dangerous. The key for them is just forcing quarterbacks to hold the ball and taking away cheap throws over the middle, and restrict them to lower percentage throws on the boundaries. Nothing cheap https://www.brownsfanshop.com/Bernie-Kosar-Jersey , nothing deep — that’s the motto. Q: If there is something the Texans struggle with defensively, what is it?Brett: Anything that attacks linebackers in coverage. Neither of Houston’s starting inside linebackers - Bernardrick McKinney and Zach Cunningham - are very good in man coverage against quicker running backs or tight ends. Cunningham is probably the better of the two, but not by much. Duke Johnson and David Njoku are probably Cleveland’s best matchups on the field this week. If they can exploit these linebackers in man coverage, they have a shot to really move the ball on this defense. Q: Who is the strength and weakness of the Texans’ offensive line? Brett: I don’t necessarily think any one player is a strength because there is not a single Pro Bowl caliber player in that unit, but as a collective they have done a much better job of protecting Watson as of late. I think the biggest reason for that is improvement in communication rather than improvement in talent or technique. Stunts and exotic blitzes absolutely KILLED this line earlier in the year because they simply could not communicate and handle those stunts effectively, but in the last month or so something has finally clicked there and they’ve been much better at passing rushers off to one another. On top of that, Watson finally being more healthy himself has contributed to their improvement in sack and pressure rate because he’s been able to use that mobility to escape some sure sacks and turn them into big gains. That element certainly cannot be overlooked.Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsBut in terms of weaknesses, if you rush five at them (without any stunts) and force them to block everyone one on one they can still struggle quite a bit — especially if those extra bodies are just used to clog up escape lanes and keep Watson in the pocket. I think the Browns defensive line is probably the last thing they want to see right now because they can send four or five at you with nothing fancy and just wreck the game. Overall I think Cleveland has a big advantage in the trenches on that side of the ball for that reason alone.Q: Tell us about one player on offense and one player on defense who Browns fans may not know, but who has played a nice role for Houston this year.Brett: Kareem Jackson has been an absolute animal this year regardless of what position he’s playing, whether it be corner or safety. He’s arguably the best tackler on the team and is a demon in run support out on the edges, and he’s been jumping routes and making big plays on the ball over the middle a lot more often this season as well. This might be the best year he’s ever had in Houston, and that’s saying something considering he’s a 10-year vet. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsOn offense, KeKe Coutee has been electric when he’s actually healthy (which is almost never). Houston has been trying to find a dangerous weapon out of the slot ever since Bill O’Brien came to town, and in Coutee they finally have that. He’s a fantastic route runner and can win on third down with startling regularity, but he’s also a threat to take any short pass for a big gain after the catch with his quickness and vision in space. Unfortunately a hamstring injury that has lingered since training camp has really limited his overall production this year Chris Hubbard Color Rush Jersey , but man when he’s healthy 鈥?look out. Thanks again to Brett for taking the time to answer our questions. The Browns had a very ugly first half, which was their demise in a 29-13 loss to the Texans. QB Baker Mayfield struggled with the Texans’ zone coverage in the first half, throwing three interceptions. But he lit them up with deeper throws in the second half, but a few things didn’t go Cleveland’s way to allow for a serious enough of a comeback. The Browns are now 4-7-1 on the season, virtually knocking them out of any wild playoff contention.The Texans got the ball first and wasted no time driving down the field, but were held to a 35-yard field goal by K Ka’imi Fairbairn to make it a 3-0 game. Cleveland went three-and-out, and then QB Deshaun Watson again made quick work of the Browns — this time throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass to TE Jordan Thomas to take a 10-0 lead — to close out the first quarter.Mid-way through the second quarter, with QB Baker Mayfield trying to drive the team, his zipped pass over the middle was picked off by LB Zach Cunningham, who was dropping back and got into the passing lane. Not only that, Cunningham returned it all the way for a 37-yard touchdown return, putting Houston up 17-0.On the Browns’ next drive, Mayfield went deep for WR Antonio Callaway, but he was tackled by CB Kareem Jackson for a pass interference penalty of 47 yards. On the next play, TE David Njoku committed a hold https://www.brownsfanshop.com/Seth-Devalve-Jersey , leading to a 1st-and-20. Then, Mayfield tried to throw downfield again for Callaway, but was picked off by CB Johnathan Joseph, who returned it to 16 yards to near midfield.Houston capitalized with a 42-yard field goal by Fairbairn to make it a 20-0 game with just over three minutes to go in the first half. Cleveland needed to end the first half with points, but Mayfield chucked the ball deep to the end zone and was intercepted after having been on the border of field goal range. That allowed Houston to tack on one more field goal, making it 23-0 at the half.Cleveland came out with a response in the second half, taking over five minutes of clock and some good catch-and-runs by RB Nick Chubb to set up a goal-to-go situation. Chubb punched it in from 2 yards out to make it a 23-7 game with 9:39 to go in the third quarter.A couple of holding penalties on the Browns’ defense extended the Texans’ next drive, allowing them to connect on a 54-yard field goal to make it a 26-7 game with 5:26 left in the third quarter.There was excitement to start the next drive when Mayfield found WR Antonio Callaway for a 76-yard touchdown pass, but it was called back by a holding penalty on LT Greg Robinson. Two plays later, Mayfield found Callaway again, who broke a tackle and was sprinting again for a 76-yard gain...until he was stripped of the football from behind at the 1 yard line. Houston recovered — and before you blame Callaway, think about how gassed he had to be here.In the fourth quarter, Mayfield tried attacking downfield; but on the verge of field goal range, turned the ball over on downs with under ten minutes to go. Fairbairn’s 38-yard field goal with under six minutes to go made it a 29-7 game.Mayfield continued making outstanding second half throws, this time leading to a 17-yard touchdown pass to WR Rashard Higgins to make it a 29-13 game. The two-point conversion was caught Kevin Zeitler Jersey , but short of the end zone.Cleveland actually converted an onside kick, but the officials ruled that TE Darren Fells was offsides. Houston recovered the next attempt and ran the clock down.Quick HittersQB Baker Mayfield - 29-of-43 for 397 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT.RB Nick Chubb - 9 carries, 31 yards. 1 TD. 3 catches, 41 yards (3 targets).WR Jarvis Landry - 6 catches, 103 yards (9 targets).No sacks allowed by the Browns for the third straight game.1.5 sacks for DE Myles Garrett, 1 sack each by DE Emmanuel Ogbah, OLB Genard Avery, and 0.5 sack for MLB Joe Schobert.

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