View Full Version : NFL Preview - Houston (5-5) At Cleveland (6-4)

11-22-2007, 06:11 PM

The all-time series between the Browns and Texans is knotted at 2-2, with Houston evening the series by virtue of a 14-6 home win in Week 17 of last season. The Texans also won the previous meeting, a 19-16 triumph at Reliant Stadium in 2005. Cleveland took the first two matchups in the all-time series, a 34-17 home win in 2002 and a 22-14 road affair in 2004.

Browns head coach Romeo Crennel is 0-2 in his career against the Texans. Houston's Gary Kubiak is 1-0 against both Crennel and Cleveland as a head coach.


Houston received a big boost last weekend with the return of Johnson (20 receptions, 4 TD), who made six catches for 120 yards in the win. He set the tone early and made his presence felt with a 73-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. The Texans were also glad to see Schaub (1,951 passing yards, 7 TD, 7 INT) on the throwing end of that score, as he ended the game with 293 passing yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Joel Dreessen also hauled in a TD pass, his second of the year. The return of Johnson, to go along with wideouts Kevin Walter and Andre Davis (25 receptions, 3 TD) should help boost Houston's already solid passing game, which is seventh in the league at 254.7 yards per game. Walter (46 receptions, 1 TD) made three catches for 31 yards versus New Orleans, while tight end Owen Daniels (44 receptions, 542 receiving yards) added five catches for 74 yards. Daniels is just eight catches and 72 receiving yards shy of surpassing Billy Miller's team records of 51 catches and 613 yards by a tight end. With Green out, Ron Dayne (437 rushing yards, 2 TD) got the start against the Saints and ran for 89 yards on 21 carries. He will likely start again this weekend if Green and his troublesome left knee can't go.