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National Football League action on Sunday afternoon and the AFC North will battle it out with the AFC South as the Cleveland Browns grapple with the red-hot Houston Texans at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
The Browns enter this game off a 35-20 road win over the Bengals, while the Texans are off a 34-017 home win over the Titans on Monday night.
Browns Rout The Bengals On The Road
The Cleveland Browns have had another rough season so far, but they are showing signs of being pointed in the right direction. The Browns are now at 4-6-1 on the year after posting just one win over their last two seasons. The Browns have won their previous two games in a row as they beat Atlanta at home by a score of 28-16 and followed that up with a 35-20 road win over Cincinnati last week. The Browns are still in the hunt for a playoff spot as they are sitting just 1.5 games out of a wildcard slot. Can they stay in the race with a major upset in this one? We shall see.
The Browns have had bad luck with quarterbacks over the years, but they finally have the right guy for the job. Baker Mayfield had his best game last week as he threw for 252 yards with four TDs and no INTs. Mayfield had four TDs and five INTs in his first three starts, but he has thrown 13 TDs to just two INTs over his last five starts. HIs QBR of 93.2 is 20th in the league, which is the best of all the rookie QBs this year. The defense is playing better as well as they have allowed 18 ppg in their last two games, after giving up 33.5 ppg in their previous four games. Cleveland is 23rd in passing, 9th in rushing and 18th in scoring (23.0 ppg). On defense, they are 29th against the pass, 28th against the run and 22nd in points allowed 25.7 ppg.
Texans Run Win Streak To Eight In A Row
The Houston Texans have been rolling as they come in having won their last eight games in a row. This is after they started the season at 0-3. It has been quite a run for them, and they will look to keep it going in this one, but they have to be careful as they are playing on shorter rest and the Browns have been playing well of late. The Texans have a two-game lead over the Colts for first place in the South, but they cannot take their foot off the gas as the Colts have been surging of late as well. It could be an exciting race down the stretch in the AFC South.
Houston enters this contest off a 34-17 home win over the Titans on Monday night. The Texans were down 10-0 in the game, but they rallied and didn’t stop once they took the lead. Lamar Miller had a huge game as he ran for 162 yards and a TD on just 12 carries. He leads the team in rushing with 773 yards and three TDs. Deshaun Watson had a strong as he threw for 210 yards and two TDs, while also rushing for 70 yards and a TD. The 23-year-old signal caller has thrown for 2807 yards with 20 TDs and nine INTs on the year. The Texans piled up 462 yards of total offense, including 281 yards on the ground. The defense allowed 365 yards of total offense, but they also sacked Mariota six times. Houston is 6th in the league in sacks per game at 3.1. The Texans are 19th in passing, 4th in scoring and 14th in scoring, putting up 24.8 ppg. On defense, they are 11th against the pass, 7th against the run and 5th in points allowed, giving up 20.2 ppg.
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