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Texans Seeking One Win Over .500

The Houston Texans (5-5) face off with the Cleveland Browns (6-4) at Cleveland on Sunday at 12 pm. While both teams are in difficult AFC divisions, they both have a chance at the playoffs if things go their way. The Texans, averaging over 350 yards per game, should be ready to unload on the Browns, who are last in the league in total defense while allowing 406 yards per game. The Browns, on the other hand, are putting up 346 yards per game and seeking a win against the Texans 18th ranked defense that is allowing 327 yards per game.

The Texans’ best chance to win relies on the QB-WR connection. The Houston Texans are surging yet again with a healthy Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson. Johnson, who’ averaging better than 120 yards and a touchdown in all three games he’s played this season, will be in a good match up against the smaller CBs Leigh Bodden and Daven Holly. Bodden has been playing opposite to recently injured rookie CB Eric Wright, who’s had an outstanding season thus far but sprained his knee last week on the Browns first defensive play against the Ravens. Bodden posseses the skills of an up and rising CB, but the safeties SS Sean Jones and FS Brodney Pool could make the Texans’ day miserable. Sean Jones is a heavy hitter and ball hawk. Pool returned an interception for a touchdown last week, and Jones will be setting up traps for TE Owen Daniels and RB Ron Dayne if they manage to pass the Browns’ old and young front seven

Furthermore, another key match up involves the two MLBs Leon Williams and D’Qwell Jackson against RB Ron Dayne. Jackson and Williams, both young ACC players, will look to take it to the trucking Dayne, but Dayne has been welcoming oncoming tacklers with his shoulder; usuall adding extra yardage to every run. Dayne brings a perspective to the game that the injured RB Ahman Green left in Green Bay. Against Oakland and New Orleans Dayne pounded the defenses to two Texans’ wins. On the other hand, Jackson is trying to heal his nagging injuries while Williams has stepped up big for the Browns base package, special teams, and wherever Browns HC Romeo Crennel desires him in the Browns 3-4 defense. OLBs Kamerion Wimbley and Antowan Peek (an ex-Texan) should be ready to put pressure on the Texans game plan too.

If the Texans are going to win they will have to not only challenge WR Braylon Edwards and TE Kellen Winslow, but they will have to shut them down. Edwards will match up against CBs Von Hutchins and rookie Fred Bennett depending on where he lines up. The other corner will be playing zone around veteran WR Joe Jurevicius. S C.C. Brown and S Will Demps will be in for a long ride against the reliable Winslow, but they can manage to keep a lock on him if the Texans Dline maintains pressure on the weary Cleveland offensive line anchored by LT Joe Thomas, LG Eric Steinbach, and C Hank Fraley. Second-year RDE Mario Williams’ match up with rookie Joe Thomas should be a treat to any fan that loves battles in the trenches. Look for the Texans Dline and LDE Anthony Weaver to be tipping QB Derrick Anderson’s passes on the line of scrimmage if they can maintain the pressure to beat the Browns.

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