Watson Leads Texans to Victory over Winless Browns

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Texans rookie Deshaun Watson continues his stellar season as he led Houston to a 33-17 victory over still winless Cleveland. The game was not as close as the scoreboard would have you believe as Houston at one point led 33-3. Houston was clearly the better team on Sunday and it showed. Cleveland simply did not have a counter for anything that Houston ran and the Texans took advantage all game long.

Deshaun Watson completed 17 of 29 passes for 225 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while adding 23 yards on the ground on six carries. Watson’s lone blemish was an interception returned for a touchdown by Browns cornerback Jason McCourty. Watson was only sacked once in the contest by Browns standout rookie Myles Garrett.

The running back by committee approach paced the Houston offense as each ballcarrier contributed to the greater cause. D’Onta Foreman led the team in yards, 59 yards on 12 attempts, while Lamar Miller led in attempts, 15 attempts for 41 yards. There is not a workhorse running back in the backfield and Houston keeps working

Will Fuller continues to impress this season as he caught yet another touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson. Fuller has been a welcome addition to an offense that needs playmakers. DeAndre Hopkins is still one of the best wide receivers in the league, but having another target for Watson to throw to allows the offense to be more effective. Effectiveness that was on full display on Sunday.

The Browns offense was mostly ineffective against the Texans defense. Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson made the decision to replace DeShone Kizer with Kevin Hogan and results were not as expected. Hogan completed 20 of 37 passes for 140 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Hogan was sacked four times by a Houston pass rush that lacks their two best pass rushers.

As expected the Texans defense had issues containing the Browns rushing attack as they totaled 134 yards on the ground. Isaiah Crowell rushed 12 ties for 58 yards, Duke Johnson rushed five times for 40 yards and Hogan rushed five times for 36 yards. The defense was not gashed by one specific runner, but had issues containing the group as a whole.

The Houston defense still has some work to do, any positives taken away from Sunday’s victory should be put in perspective. Cleveland is not a good team offensively and struggles to put together scoring drives. Intercepting errant passes is good but expected. They face a real test offensively and defensively next week as they travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks.

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