The Browns are coming off a bye week and spent the last two weeks getting ready for the Texans. As such, week ten in the NFL takes us to Cleveland for the first time in six years. When the Texans and Browns last met in Cleveland, the Texans beat/upset a 6-3 favored Browns squad featuring Brian Hoyer at quarterback. That was six years ago so let's go behind the numbers on the 2020 matchup between these two squads.
3 - number of interceptions Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield threw in the first half the last time/first time he faced the Texans defense in 2018. He was a rookie starting for just the ninth time.
46 - total passing yards in the first half for Mayfield in that 2018 matchup.
351 - total passing yards in the second half for Mayfield in that 2018 matchp. Oh, he went OFF in the second half as the Texans played a little bit of prevent to get out of that game with a win.
1 - Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham had one pick six against Mayfield. It would turn out to be his first, and only, pick six of his burgeoning career.
11 - Browns receiver Jarvis Landry has 11 catches in two matchups with the Texans. He also had 186 total receiving yards and two touchdowns. In his first meeting with the Texans in 2015 down in Miami (ugh, what a horrible day), he had five catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Against the Texans at NRG Stadium in 2018, he had six catches for 103 yards.
2 - Just two players remain on the Texans roster that last played at Cleveland in 2014 - J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus (bonus points for having Brian Cushing and Akeem Dent on the coaching staff. They started next to one another at inside linebacker in this last matchup).
1 - The Browns have just one - guard Joel Bitonio - that played in this matchup in 2014.
4 - The Browns have had four different permanent head coaches since that 2014 matchup - Mike Pettine, Hue Jackson, Freddie Kitchens and current head coach Kevin Stefanski.
4 - The Browns have had four different general managers as well - Ray Farmer, Sashi Brown, John Dorsey and current GM (and soon to be a great one) Andrew Berry.
4 - the number of Deshaun Watson passing touchdowns against the Browns in the last two matchups. As a rookie, Watson threw three in a win over the winless 2017 Browns. In the 2018 matchup, he threw one in a 29-13 win over Cleveland.
5 - The Texans have won the last five in a row over the Browns. In November 2008, running back Steve Slaton led the charge in a 16-6 win and the Texans have won all four matchups since in 2011, 2014, 2017 and 2018. In fact, dating back to the 2005 season, the Texans have won seven of the last eight, losing just once, at Cleveland in 2007.
Okay, that'll do it for this week's Daily Brew, disguised as By The Numbers. Enjoy the weekend and see you on Sunday!
Check out some photos from the last time the Texans played the Cleveland Browns.