Two of the top free agents in the AFC North signed with the Houston Texans this past week. Former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Johnathan Joseph and former Cleveland Browns fullback Lawrence Vickers agreed to multiyear deals and are expected to lead Houston's playoff push in 2011.
But that road will include two stops against familiar foes. Vickers and Houston will play at home against the Browns on Nov. 6, and Joseph will return to Cincinnati to play the Bengals on Dec. 11 at Paul Brown Stadium. Both contests could be important if any of these three teams are in contention late in the season.
Vickers and Joseph were fan favorites and wanted to stay with their respective teams. Fans of the Browns and Bengals were upset that both players left, and they will get a shot later this year to add salt to the wound.