The Cleveland Browns (4-7-1) went down to Houston but won’t be coming back with their second consecutive road game as the Texans (9-3) beat them 29-13.
Baker Mayfield’s three interceptions in the first half including a pick-six by Zach Cunningham was enough for Houston to capitalize on to build a 23-0 halftime lead.
Ka’imi Fairbarin hit five field goals and Deshaun Watson added a passing touchdown to Jordan Thomas as the Texans have won their ninth straight game after starting the season 0-3.
With the Colts losing to Jacksonville, Houston now leads the AFC South by three games as the two teams will face each other next week.
Despite those early interceptions, Mayfield’s confidence didn’t seem to rattle him as he kept slinging the ball in the second half.
He finished the game 29 of 43 for a career high 397 yards with a touchdown and those three costly interceptions but 351 of those yards came in the second half.
You can just tell watching him that he is different from other quarterbacks the Browns have had and he doesn’t let the turnovers rattle him and the team doesn’t give up on him. Despite the loss today, the future continues to look bright with Mayfield leading the way.
In the third quarter, Mayfield connected with Antonio Callaway for a 76-yard touchdown that was called back due to a holding penalty.
Later that drive, Mayfield found Callaway again who could’ve had a 77-yard touchdown but was stripped at the six-yard line. The rookie receiver appeared to be gassed but he needed to secure that football.
Mayfield ran down towards the goal line to console Callaway and that’s what you want to see out of a quarterback as a leader for your football team.
Callaway had a good game with three catches for 84 yards but you know he’s probably down because he had two touchdowns on one drive taken away.
Another receiver who had a good game was Jarvis Landry. He seemed to be just another guy the last couple weeks but he bounced back in a big way with six catches for 103 yards, his third 100-yard game of the season.
The defense struggled stopping the Texans offense in terms of yardage giving up over 400 yards but the fact they held them to 22 points offensively shows that they are a bend but don’t break type defense. They did give up 187 yards on the ground which is definitely concerning.
Myles Garrett collected 1.5 sacks, adding to his total which gives him 11.5 on the season. He’s closing in on the single season record for the Browns which is held by Reggie Camp who had 14 in the 1984 season.
The Browns head back home next week to play the Carolina Panthers (6-6) who have lost four in a row and their season is unraveling.
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