Week 13 Recap: Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans

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Rookie Baker Mayfield threw not one, not two but three interceptions against the Houston Texans. The Texans defense recorded a pick-six in the second quarter and extended their win streak to a franchise record nine games.

The Texans went on to defeat the Cleveland Browns 29-13 on Sunday. Houston has won nine straight games after starting the season 0-3.

Mayfield had his worst game of the season. Throwing three interceptions for the first time since his freshman year at Texas Tech. Baker found himself on a hot streak after throwing nine touchdowns and one interception in the Browns previous three games.

Mayfield finished with nearly 400 passing yards and managed to throw a touchdown in the fourth quarter after throwing four touchdowns against the Cincinnati Bengals just a week ago.

The Houston Texans defensive line got into the head of Mayfield early on in the game. Although J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney were unable to record a sack the duo was able to create enough havoc within the trenches to caused him to hurry for much of the game.

Deshaun Watson finished with 224 yards and helped get the Texans in the endzone early after connecting with rookie Jordan Thomas on an 11-yard touchdown pass.

Zach Cunningham made it 17-0 after recording his first career interception and ran it 38 yards for a touchdown.

Kareem Jackson was called for a 47-yard pass interference play which placed the Browns on their own 20. Mayfield threw another interception two plays later by Johnathan Joseph.

Cleveland continued to struggle in late-season games as the Browns fell to 9-39 in December and January games since 2008.

Nick Chubb got the Browns on the board in the third quarter when he ran 2-yards. That touchdown cut the Texans lead to 23-7 with just over nine minutes left. The touchdown sparked another impressive drive. Rashard Higgins hauled in a 17-yard touchdown reception, but the Browns failed to convert on the two point attempt.

Mayfield connected with Antonio Callaway for a 76-yard touchdown reception. A Greg Robinson penalty negated the score.

Two plays later, Mayfield was able to connect with Callaway for a 71-yard reception before Texans rookie Justin Reid knocked the ball out. Callaway would have scored on that reception, however, it was recovered by the Texans in the endzone.

Cleveland, 4-7-1 (2-1-1 AFC North) returns home in week 14 to host the Carolina Panthers.

Robert Wykowski is a Cleveland Browns writer for Full Press Coverage. So follow him on twitter @WykowskiRobert.


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