NFL Week 2 Preview: Browns Home Opener against Houston Texans looking for first win

WEEK 2

HOUSTON TEXANS (1-0)
AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-1)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Texans lead all-time series, 7-4
STREAKS: Texans have won 5 of past 6
LAST GAME: 11/15/20: Texans 7 at Browns 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/15/20

HOUSTON TEXANS LEADERS

W 37-21 vs. Jacksonville LAST WEEK

David Culley: 0-0 COACH VS. OPP.

37.0/21.0 PTS. FOR/AGAINST

449.0 OFFENSE

Tyrod Taylor: 21-33-291-2-0-112.1 PASSING

Mark Ingram: 26-85-3.3-1 RUSHING

Brandin Cooks: 5-132-26.4-0 RECEIVING

395.0 DEFENSE

Whitney Mercilus: 1 SACKS

Three tied: 1 INTs

+3 (3/0) TAKE/GIVE

Cameron Johnston: 44.3 (44.2) PUNTING (NET)

Joey Slye: 13 (1L) (4/4 PAT; 3/3 FG) KICKING

TEXANS NOTES

• QB TYROD TAYLOR passed for 291 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs
for 112.1 rating & rushed for 40 yards last week in Hou. debut.
Started 3 games for Cle. in 2018. Completed 17 of 24 passes
(70.8 pct.) for 174 yards & TD & rushed for 49 yards in only
career start vs. Cle. (12/18/16 w/ Buf.).
• RB MARK INGRAM led team with 85 rush yards & had rush TD
last week in Hou. debut. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3
career games at Cle. Leads all active RBs in rush yards (7,408)
& rush TDs (63). RB DAVID JOHNSON had TD catch last week.
Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with rush TD. RB PHILLIP
LINDSAY rushed for TD last week in Hou. debut. Rushed for 92
yards & TD in his last game vs. Cle. (11/3/19 w/ Den.). Has 90+
rush yards & rush TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC North.
• WR BRANDIN COOKS had 5 catches for 132 yards in Week 1.
Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 125+ rec. yards. Has 14
catches (7 per game) in his past 2 games vs. Cle. WR DANNY
AMENDOLA had TD catch last week in Hou. debut. WR PHARAOH
BROWN had 4 catches for career-high 67 rec. yards in Week 1.
• LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had 6 tackles & PD in Week 1. Had 13
tackles in last meeting. Has 3 PD in 3 career games vs. Cle. Aims
for his 6th in row vs. AFC North with 10+ tackles. LB CHRISTIAN
KIRKSEY had 2 TFL & INT last week in Hou. debut. Had 30 TFL
& 11.5 sacks in 6 seasons (2014-19) with Cle. CB TERRANCE
MITCHELL had FF last week in Hou. debut. Had 123 tackles & 22
PD in 3 seasons (2018-20) with Cle.

LEADERS CLEVELAND BROWNS

LAST WEEK L 33-29 at Kansas City

COACH VS. OPP. Kevin Stefanski: 1-0

PTS. FOR/AGAINST 29.0/33.0

OFFENSE 457.0

PASSING Baker Mayfield: 21-28-321-0-1-97.5

RUSHING Nick Chubb: 15-83-5.5-2 (T1L)

RECEIVING Jarvin Landry: 5-71-14.2-0

DEFENSE 397.0

SACKS Myles Garrett, Joe Jackson: 1

INTs 0

TAKE/GIVE -2 (0/2)

PUNTING (NET) Jamie Gillan: 52.0 (45.0)

KICKING Chase McLaughlin: 3 (3/3 PAT; 0/0 FG)

BROWNS NOTES

• QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 21 of 28 passes (75 pct.) for 321
yards & 97.5 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC
South with 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 115+ rating.
• RB NICK CHUBB had 101 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 18 rec.) &
had 2 rush TDs in Week 1. Aims for 8th in row with rush TD,
longest active streak in NFL. Rushed for 126 yards & TD in last
meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with rush TD. Has
565 scrimmage yards (113 per game) & 4 rush TDs in 5 career
games vs. AFC South. Aims for his 7th in row at home with 100+
scrimmage yards. RB KAREEM HUNT had rush TD last week. Has
248 scrimmage yards (124 per game) in 2 games vs. Hou. Aims
for his 7th in row vs. AFC South with 50+ scrimmage yards.
• WR JARVIS LANDRY had 5 catches for 71 yards & had 4thcareer rush TD in Week 1. Aims for 7th in row with 5+ catches.
Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with TD catch. WR ODELL
BECKHAM JR. had 9 catches for 109 yards in only career game
vs. Hou. (9/23/18 w/ NYG). Has 725 rec. yards (103.6 per game)
in 7 career games vs. AFC South. TE DAVID NJOKU had careerhigh 76 rec. yards last week.
• DE MYLES GARRETT had sack last week. Has 3 sacks in 3 career
games vs. Hou. Has 8 sacks in 8 career games vs. AFC South.
DE JOE JACKSON had 1st-career sack in Week 1. LB ANTHONY
WALKER led team with 9 tackles in Cle. debut last week. Aims
for his 3rd in row with 6+ tackles vs. Hou. CB DENZEL WARD had
6 tackles & PD in Week 1. Aims for his 5th in row with PD.

ON THE AIRWAVES

TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter)
SIRIUS: 137 (Hou.), 81 (Cle.) | XM: 381 (Hou.), 226 (Cle.) | SXM App: 812 (Hou.), 807 (Cle.)

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