The Browns went 8-9 and finished third in the AFC North, a year after they went 11-5 in 2020.
Kevin Stefanski is in his third season as an NFL head coach. The previous 14 seasons before 2020 were spent as an assistant in Minnesota. He began his career there as an assistant to the head coach, and ascended all the way to offensive coordinator. He's guided the Browns to a 19-14 mark in two seasons.
The two franchises have met 12 times. After dropping the first two contests in 2002 and 2005, the Texans have won seven of the next nine.
Notable Browns: RB Nick Chubb, WR Amari Cooper, DE Myles Garrett, QB Deshaun Watson
Several Texans have spent time in Cleveland. Tight End Pharaoh Brown was with the Browns in 2018 and 2019. while Linebacker Tae Davis was there in 2019 and 2020. Quarterback Kevin Hogan was a Brown in 2016 and 2017. Fullback Andy Janovich played in Cleveland the last two seasons. From 2014 through 2018, Linebacker Christian Kirksey played for the Browns. Defensive Back Eric Murray was a Brown in 2019, while fellow Defensive Back Tavierre Thomas was there from 2018 through 2020.