Texans vs Browns : The Houston Texans welcome the Cleveland Browns to NRG Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 2.
The Texans are the owners of the NFL’s second longest active winning streak at eight games. Houston turned around from a 0-3 start to climb into a tie for second in the AFC with the Patriots entering Week 13. Just one game behind the Chiefs for home-field advantage in the postseason, the Texans close out their season with four of the their last five games coming against teams currently below .500.
The Browns are on a two-game winning streak that’s moved them to 4-6-1 and 2-1 since firing former head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Over the past two contests, rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield has gone a combined 36-for-46 for 474 passing yards and seven touchdowns. Last week’s win in Cincinnati was the team’s first road win since an overtime victory in Baltimore in Week 5 of 2015.
HOW TO WATCH
Time: 1 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Beating the teams you’re supposed to beat is important. It’s something the Browns haven’t done, even before the 1-31 run in 2016 and 2017.
So we shouldn’t just shrug off this two-game winning streak against two of the worst defenses the NFL has to offer. The Browns did what you’re supposed to do against those teams — they imposed their will offensively and won two games in a row by multiple scores.
Improvement and competence were the keywords coming into this season and, over the last two weeks, we can check both of those boxes.
This game against the Texans comes at the exact right time. Yes, the Texans have won eight games in a row and are leading the AFC South, but that’s why Browns fans should be excited about this game. This is an opportunity for the Browns to show how far they really have come.
The last two wins have been fun. A win in Houston that stops the Texans’ winning streak would serve notice that this team is on its way. (It might even be fair to start throwing around that word, playoffs, but let’s not go there just yet.)
I’ve probably used the word opportunity in more of these preview posts than not. That’s what this season is about — opportunities for improvement. Opportunities to show the NFL world that this team is on the up and they will be a factor in 2019.
This is an opportunity to prove people like me wrong — because I still need to see a little more.