October 26, 2014

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Browns vs. Texans: Game facts

WHO: Browns vs. Texans
WHERE: Cleveland Browns Stadium
TIME: 1 p.m.
RECORDS: Browns 6-4; Texans 5-5
LAST WEEK: Browns beat Ravens 33-30 in overtime; Texans beat Saints 23-10
SERIES: Tied at 2
SERIES AT CLEVELAND: Browns lead 1-0
LAST MEETING: Texans won 14-6 on Dec. 31 in Houston
COACHES: Romeo Crennel is 16-26 with Browns and overall; Gary Kubiak is 11-15 with Texans and overall
TV/RADIO: Channel 19, with broadcasters Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker; WMMS 100.7-FM
NFL RANKINGS (OUT OF 32 TEAMS): Browns – offense 12th (17th rushing, 10th passing), defense 32nd (28th rushing, 31st passing); Texans – offense 8th (23rd rushing, 6th passing), defense 18th (21st rushing, 15th passing)
BROWNS UPDATE: DE Robaire Smith had a career-high two sacks vs. the Ravens.
l TE Kellen Winslow caught 11 passes in the finale vs. Houston last year to tie Ozzie Newsome`s franchise mark with 89 catches in a season. WR Joe Jurevicius is tied for fifth in the NFL with 18
third-down catches.
l K Phil Dawson, who kicked the tying and winning field goals vs. the Ravens, is six points shy of passing Jim Brown for third on the franchise`s all-time scoring list.
l KR Joshua Cribbs will most likely set the franchise record for
all-time kickoff returns with his next one. He`s tied with Dino Hall at 151.
l The Browns will wear throwback uniforms from the 1957-59 seasons.
TEXANS UPDATE: A win would make the Texans 6-5 and mark the latest they`ve been above .500 in team history. It would also be their first three-game winning streak in the same season since joining the league in 2002.
l LB DeMeco Ryans is second in the league with 68 solo tackles and seventh with 83 total tackles. He`s also recovered three fumbles.
l QB Matt Schaub is sixth in the NFL with a 67.3 completion percentage.
l DL Mario Williams and rookie Amobi Okoye have five sacks apiece.
l RB Ron Dayne leads Houston with 437 yards rushing.
l The Texans have a minus-7 turnover ratio.
BROWNS INJURY REPORT: Out: CB Eric Wright (knee); Doubtful: NT Ethan Kelley (knee); Questionable: WR Tim Carter (finger), T Kevin Shaffer (knee), DL Shaun Smith (knee)
TEXANS INJURY REPORT: Out: RB Ahman Green (knee); Probable: LB Charlie Anderson (knee), K Kris Brown (left foot), C Mike Flanagan (back)
THE PICK: The Browns are set up for a letdown and the Texans are getting healthy, but Derek Anderson is due for a big game. Browns
34-33.
LEAGUE PICKS (home team in CAPS)
Saints over PANTHERS
BEARS over Broncos
Titans over BENGALS
JAGUARS over Bills
CHIEFS over Raiders
GIANTS over Vikings
RAMS over Seahawks
Redskins over BUCCANEERS
CARDINALS over 49ers
CHARGERS over Ravens
PATRIOTS over Eagles
Monday night
STEELERS over Dolphins
Last week: 12-4
Overall: 93-53
– Scott Petrak