The Houston Texans will take on the Cleveland Browns in an AFC South vs. North matchup in week 10. The Cleveland Browns are coming off of their bye week in week nine after losing to the Las Vegas Raiders in week 8. The Houston Texans are coming off of their second win of the season against their division rivals Jacksonville Jaguars. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, November 15th, 2020
Time: 1:05 PM ET
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium – Cleveland, Ohio
TV Coverage: FOX
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Cleveland Browns: Questionable: Austin Hooper (appendix), Jacob Phillips (knee), Wyatt Teller (calf), Vincent Taylor (concussion), Myles Garrett (knee), IR: Baker Mayfield (COVID)
Houston Texans: Questionable: Kyle Emanuel (concussion), Charles Omenihu (leg), David Johnson (concussion), Senio Kelemete (concussion), Brennan Scarlett (forearm), IR (COVID): Jake Martin, Max Scharping, Whitney Mercilus, Dylan Cole
The run game for the Cleveland Browns is their biggest offensive strength this season. They are top ten in the NFL in rushing attempts and yards led by Kareem Hunt’s 529 yards, which is 10th in the NFL. Their offensive line has been terrific in the run game with 4.87 adjusted line yards, which is third in the NFL, and their 1.59 average 2nd level yards value, which leads the league. With the return of Nick Chubb this week, their run game will improve dramatically with two healthy elite running backs. The Texans are the second most rushed against team, giving up 5.1 yards per carry to opponents and nearly 160 rushing yards per game, the worst in the NFL.
With the loss of Odell Beckham Jr., this passing offense has received quite a shock. Even before, the Browns are a below-average passing team behind Baker Mayfield. Baker has thrown for just over 1,500 yards this season with a 15:7 TD: INT ratio. He is below average in almost every category except for touchdowns. The Browns have just two receivers in the top 100 for yards with Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. Without OBJ, they will be left with Landry, Rashard Higgins, and tight end Hunter Bryant and David Njoku for the rest of the season. With Houston’s starting corner Bradley Roby out next week, the hope is they can take advantage of the passing game as well as the run game.
The Cleveland Browns defense has disappointingly allowed nearly 30 points per game and 371 yards per game to their opponents, but they have a lot of solid players helping out their defense. Myles Garrett is tied with Aaron Donald with 9 total sacks on the season for the best in the league. Denzel Ward and Terrence Mitchell have combined for nearly 20 passes defended, both of which rank in the top ten amongst all defenders. The Houston Texans have the ability to score the ball, especially with deep threats Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks. Safeties Ronnie Harrison Jr. and Andrew Sendejo will be key in defending the open field next week.
The Browns are in a tough spot in their division, with two of the best teams in football competing high in the AFC. The Browns will need to try to stay competitive with the Ravens to have a shot at the playoffs. Houston is certainly one of the easier teams they will have on their schedule, making this a pretty important game for them. If they can succeed in the run game and contain Deshaun Watson, they will have a great shot at winning this game.