Sunday, November 6, 2011
Wrap-up: Texans 30, Browns 12
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Texans’ 30-12 win over the Browns at Reliant Stadium:
What it means: The Texans have a three-game winning streak and have built a 6-3 record. It’s the first time they are three games over .500 in franchise history. They did exactly what a good team needs to do at home against a poor team, leaving little doubt from early on that they would handle business.
What I liked: The run game was absolutely dominant, with a franchise-record 261 rushing yards. Arian Foster and Ben Tate both topped 100 yards and scored a touchdown. Meanwhile, Wade Phillips’ defense held the Browns to 172 yards, 10 first downs and fewer than 25 minutes in time of possession.
Other things I liked: Matt Schaub running for a touchdown for the second week in a row. The Texans are smart to use him that way near the goal line. Cornerback Kareem Jackson looked to do a nice job running with Cleveland receivers and made a couple plays. Of the four sacks, two came from rookie outside linebacker Brooks Reed, who’s playing because Mario Williams is out for the season.
Number of note: Of Schaub's 14 completions for 119 passing yards, five went to Foster and three to tight end Owen Daniels. They combined for twice as many catches as wide receivers (three).
What’s next: Houston travels to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers before the Texans reach their bye. We’ll hear a lot of debate this week about Andre Johnson and whether it’s even worth considering playing the wide receiver. He’s coming off a hamstring injury, and with the bye week looming, one more game off would allow for a lot of extra recovery time.