The Texans are in the midst of a historic nine-game winning streak, the longest in franchise history. Bill O’Brien’s underlying theme this season has been to get better every day, a lesson that’s turned the tide on an 0-3 start and continues even despite the winning.
“We just talked about that in the locker room," O'Brien said. "We talked about that a little bit on the sideline. I think there's a lot of things we can get better at. I know it was a good win. Give Cleveland credit. They were really hard to prepare for and they play hard. They've got a lot of talent on that side of the ball. I think Gregg's (Williams) doing a good job in the interim role there. But I think for our guys in the locker room, that's been the key and we have to continue that.”
Houston’s ninth win came on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns 29-13. The Texans presented a balanced offensive attack, gaining 384 total net yards (187 rushing, 197 passing) and 25 first downs (11 rushing, 12 passing). Deshaun Watson, who completed 22-of-31 for 224 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions and a passer rating of 102.1, also sees room for improvement.
“This is an improving league and the best team that improves at the end of the year is usually the team that has the momentum and has the advantage sometimes,” Watson said. “So that's what our goal is to continue to improve. We still haven't played our complete all three phases of complete game. Offensive side, we want to continue to turn some of those field goals into points, touchdowns. But this is a great opportunity, great win for a team for us and continue to roll.”
Defensively, the Texans forced four turnovers, intercepting Baker Mayfield three times before halftime. Rookie safety Justin Reid forced the fourth turnover, a fumble at the Texans one-yard line recovered by Aaron Colvin. Reid, who finished with four total tackles (three solo), two passes defensed and the forced fumble, is not getting caught up in the current streak, but rather the bigger picture.
"It's incredible and everyone is going to say it's a franchise record and everything but you know what would be better than nine-straight? Ten straight," Reid said. "So that's what we want. We want to see how far we can take this."
The Texans currently own the longest active winning streak in the league and the second-longest win streak in the NFL this season behind the New Orleans Saints (10).
The Houston Texans defeated the Cleveland Browns in Week 13 of the NFL season.